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Last Updated: Tuesday February 07 2006 16:55 GMT

In Pictures: New species found in Papua

Dozens of new animals and plants have been discovered during an expedition to the Foja Mountains of Papua province, Indonesia

Dozens of new animals and plants have been discovered during an expedition to the Foja Mountains of Papua province, Indonesia. One of them is this frog.

One of the team leaders, Bruce Beehler, said the forest location "was as close to the Garden of Eden as you're going to find on Earth".

One of the team leaders, Bruce Beehler, said the forest location "was as close to the Garden of Eden as you're going to find on Earth".

Mr Beehler took this photo of one of the scary-looking new bird species (Image: Bruce Beehler/CI)

Mr Beehler took this photo of one of the scary-looking new bird species (Image: Bruce Beehler/CI)

The team found epiphytic rhododendrons that grew high in the treetops. It produced large white flowers that fell to the ground after several days of blooming.

The team found epiphytic rhododendrons that grew high in the treetops. It produced large white flowers that fell to the ground after several days of blooming. (Image: Wayne Takeuchi)

A new species of smokey honeyeater was also discovered - the first new bird species to be sighted on the island of New Guinea in more than 60 years.

A new species of smokey honeyeater was also discovered - the first new bird species to be sighted on the island of New Guinea in more than 60 years.

Long-beaked echidnas - primitive egg-laying mammals, were found and were happy to be picked up by members of the team.

Long-beaked echidnas - primitive egg-laying mammals, were found and were happy to be picked up by members of the team.

Mammal expert Kris Helgen holds a golden-mantled tree kangaroo. It's the first record of the species in Indonesia.

Mammal expert Kris Helgen holds a golden-mantled tree kangaroo. It's the first record of the species in Indonesia.

The team says it didn't have nearly enough time to look at the area completely so plan to return later this year.

The team says it didn't have nearly enough time to look at the area completely so plan to return later this year. (Image: Stephen Richards)



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