“Coffee, tea or me?-A new species is served up at the feet of naturalist”

Poisonous snake serves up new species at the feet of a jungle researcher

How convenient. If only finding new unidentified species was so easy all the time.

Seems that a monkey researcher rounded the other side of a tree in the forest looking for his beloved monkeys and startled a twig snake that had just eaten. The snake to get away spit up his latest catch a live whole juicy new chameleon species at the feet of the scientist.

The scientist Dr Andrew Marshall, a conservationist from York University thought this might be a new species so he snapped a picture and sent it to his colleagues who confirmed his suspicions were correct. This new Magombera chameleon species, name Kinyongia magomberae discovered in Tanzania may help to save this forest biome as well.

New chameleon found in Tanzania

The Magombera forest near the Udzungwa Mountains National Park in Tanzania is one of the most biologically diverse places on Earth. Marshall and the team there have discovered many new species of frogs, a shrew, mollusks and millipedes  recently here. This forest needs to be protected to preserve its biodiversity from further destructive development.

Resources

Excerpts courtesy of http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2009/nov/23/new-chameleon-species-magombera-tanzania

Excerpts courtesy of http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2009/11/cute-new-chameleon

Image courtesy of Andrew Marshall/African Journal/PA

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