Discovery of New Species in 2009 Part II

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After recently researching an article in reference to the near extinct white rhinoceroses, I took a moment to reflect on endangered species. Of course, these species are critically endangered for a reason. A few associated concerns include mankind’s personal motive to overhunt, overfish, etc. And then, nature will assumingly take its course. However, after briefly debating the cause of the respective question, I noticed a list of new species discovered throughout 2009. Take a look:

Nephila Komaci

Though I previously informed readers of the various marine species introduced in 2009, I failed to recognize other, land -based creatures. Take the nephila komaci, also known as the largest web spinning spider in existence, for example. Though the genus was considered extinct in the late 1800’s, similar species prove to remain among us today. With a leg span reaching 5 inches, this spider species can weave webs up to 3 feet wide. Cool, right? Get this! As the male remains significantly smaller than his female counterpart, his goal involves awaiting the female molting process, at which point he eagerly attempts to mate. After insemination is accomplished, the male organ will detach and remain lodged inside his mate. Afterwards, his numbering days consist of guarding the web until death.

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2009/10/091021-largest-web-spinning-spider.html

Bosavi Rat

Approaching nearly 3 feet long, roughly the size of a small dog, the Bosavi rat can be found in the forests of Papua New Guinea, aboard Mount Bosavi. Discovered in early 2009 by an expedition filming the BBC One program Lost Land of the Volcano, researchers mention that the respective creature appeared as docile and tame as the aforementioned comparison.

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2009/09/photogalleries/giant-rat-new-species-pictures/index.html

Caecilita iwokramae

Also known as the “giant, lungless worm,” this genus of amphibians is very unique compared to its immediate predecessors, etc. While the majority of amphibians have evolved into air-breathing creatures, it appears this new species is quite the exception. What contrasts this creature furthermore is that it dwells on land, aside from the underground habitat in which most worms reside. Researchers in Guyana have discovered various other species that are similarly lungless, according to National Geographic.

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2009/11/091118-lungs-amphibian-worm-caecilian.html

National Geographic Explorer (2009). Top new species of 2009. Retrieved Dec 28, 2009 from http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2009/12/091207-top-ten-new-species-2009.html

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