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Indonesia Confiscates Pig-Nosed Turtles, Hunts For Smugglers
2013-04-02 15:27:43

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online A recent flight from Papua New Guinea to Hong Kong was found to have had some surprising passengers during a layover in Indonesia. According to officials at the Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in Jakarta, an outgoing flight contained 687 baby pig-nosed turtles which were reportedly set to be smuggled into Hong Kong. It is estimated these turtles could have netted their smuggler an estimated $13,000. The Jakarta Natural...

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2012-06-07 19:15:31

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com A new study found that one in three animal species in poor countries are being threatened by the world's appetite for coffee and timber. Researchers from the University of Sydney spent five years tracking the world economy by evaluating over five billion supply chains connecting consumers to over 15,000 commodities produced in 187 countries. The team focused on the global trade of goods implicated in biodiversity like coffee, cocoa and lumber....

Bumblebee Gecko Discovered In Papua New Guinea
2012-04-20 04:43:34

According to the US Geological Survey (USGS), a new species of gecko has been discovered in Papua New Guinea. Dressed in black and yellow stripes, biologists from the Papua New Guinea National Museum say the gecko resembles a bumblebee. Its unique coloring and rows of skin nodules act as camouflage for the gecko who lives on the forest floor. According to the survey, specimens of the new lizard measure about 5 inches long from head to tail. Specimens were captured in 2010 in Sohoniliu...


Latest Papua Reference Libraries

Ropen
2014-02-17 19:11:38

The Ropen is a flying creature claimed to inhabit the area around Papua New Guinea. This creature is part of the local folklore, however, the natives believe it is a real animal. The description varies from being bat-like to Pterosaur-like. Its tail is 25 percent as long as its wingspan. It is said to have a diet of fish, but some claim the creature also consumes human flesh. There have been three expeditions in search of evidence of the Ropen’s existence. In 2006, Paul Nation...

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2007-12-27 10:11:13

Southern Tailed Birdwing (Ornithoptera meridionalis), is the smallest species of butterfly in its genus. It is found in southern Papua New Guinea and in several areas along the south coast of Irian Jaya. It is strictly a lowland species, favouring primary rainforest. A very few specimens have also been collected at altitude in Irian Jaya, however these specimens were reared from immature stages and emerged crippled, suggesting that high altitude forests are not favoured habitats. Males...

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lunula
  • A small crescent-shaped structure or marking, especially the white area at the base of a fingernail that resembles a half-moon.
This word is a diminutive of the Latin 'luna,' moon.
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