The Townsville Bulletin today reported the discovery of two new species of frogs on Cape York. Their article begins:
A Townsville scientist was hopping up and down with excitement after stumbling upon two new species of frog in the Far North.
James Cook University researcher Dr Conrad Hoskin and Kieran Aland from the Queensland Museum discovered two boulder-dwelling amphibians while exploring a remote part of Cape York Peninsula.
The tiny thumb-sized frogs have been named the kutini boulder frog and the golden-capped boulder frog.
They were found in two different areas in the vicinity of Iron Range near the township of Lockhart River, north of Cooktown.
The whole article is here.
The discovery should remind us how little we still know about the living world around us. We have been systematically naming and classifying creatures for nearly two hundred years but are still finding new animals, even quite large ones (e.g. the Saola), in remote areas and we are not even close to knowing all the insects around us. For instance, the introduction to CSIRO’s Australian Moths Online notes that, ‘There are about 22 000 species of Australian moths, of which only half have been described [i.e. scientifically identified] so far.’