World`s longest insect found in Indonesia
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Last Updated: Thursday, April 22, 2010, 19:06
  
London: World's longest insect nearly two feet long has been discovered in the rainforests of Borneo in Indonesia along with more than 100 new species.

The stick insect that measures 22 inches long was among the 123 new creatures discovered in the Heart of Borneo. It lives in the high tree canopies of the forest and is known as Phobaeticus chani.

The amazing creature has been donated to the Natural History Museum here, the Telegraph reported. Adam Tomasek, leader of World Wildlife Fund's (WWF) Heart of Borneo initiative, said: "As the past three years of independent scientific discovery have proven, new forms of life are constantly being discovered in the Heart of Borneo.

"If this stretch of irreplaceable rainforest can be conserved for our children, the promise of more discoveries must be a tantalising one for the next generation of researchers to contemplate," Tomasek said.

The new discoveries listed in the WWF report are a flying frog that can glide for more than 15 yards using flaps under its arms and legs and a slug which fires love darts laced with hormones at its mate.

Other remarkable findings include a frog which breaths through its skin, a flame-coloured snake, a "spectacled flowerpecker" bird which is thought to rarely descend from the canopy, 29 invertebrates, 17 fish and 37 new species of orchid.

Tomasek said: "The discovery of these new species in the Heart of Borneo underlines the incredible diversity of this remarkable area and emphasises the importance of the commitments already made by Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia and Malaysia to protect it."

The Heart Of Borneo -- an 85,000 square mile conservation -- was set up in 2007 by the three bordering governments,

Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia and Malaysia to conserve a tract of tropical forest that is home to pygmy elephants, orangutans, rhinoceros and clouded leopards.

PTI


First Published: Thursday, April 22, 2010, 19:06


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