Researchers find new species in 130 million year old forest

Written by: Clare-Anne Canfield  

Published on Tuesday, December 12th, 2017 at 7:09 am EST

Written by: Clare-Anne Canfield


Hello there - Sunda colugo or flying lemur. Not new to the world, but new to records in Penang. Photo credit: Public domain Didasteph

A 117-member team made up of researchers from The California Academy of Sciences and The Habitat Penang Hill conducted a top to bottom search for species in Penang, Malaysia. From the canopy of a 130 million year old forest to the forest floor and caves, researchers are still logging species and will likely be doing so into 2018 [1].

Over 1400 species have been logged and 25 are new records for Penang. So far 4 brand new species, including a scorpion, a fly, a targigrade, and a bacterium have been recorded.
New for Penang records, the Giant red flying squirrel. Photo credit: Vil Sandi

1. California Academy of Sciences. "New species discovered in Malaysian rainforest during unprecedented, top-to-bottom survey." ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 6 December 2017.