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Suriname New Species: Armored Catfish, Cowboy Frog, Crayola Katydid Discovered (PHOTOS/VIDEO)

First Posted: 01/24/2012 7:21 pm Updated: 01/25/2012 4:56 pm

An armored catfish, a Pac-Man frog and a cowboy frog were some of the 1,300 species documented during a scientific survey conducted by Conservation International in southwest Suriname in 2010. Their finds included 46 potentially new species.

According to a press release, Conservation International's Rapid Assessment Program traveled to three locations along the Kutari and Sipaliwini Rivers "in an effort to document the region’s poorly known biodiversity and help develop sustainable ecotourism opportunities for the local indigenous people."

The findings from the expedition were published in the RAP Bulletin of Biological Assessment series, "A Rapid Biological Assessment of the Kwamalasamatu region, Southwestern Suriname."

More species were discovered around the world this month, including the world's tiniest vertebrate, found in New Guinea. Off the eastern coast of Australia, scientists encountered the world's first hybrid shark.

Check out photos and a video of the new and observed species discovered by the Rapid Assessment Program below (Captions courtesy of Conservation International):


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