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A New Species of Katydid

The stunning results of a survey of one of the world's least-touched places.

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Photo By: Piotr Naskrecki / Conservation International

This new katydid species (Pseudophyllinae: Teleutini) is so strange that it actually represents an entirely new genus to science. Its unusually long, gangly legs are covered in sharp spines which help to deter predators.

It was one 1,378 species identified--as many as 60 of them new species--in the rainforest-clad mountains of Southeastern Suriname, South America, during a first-ever survey by international biologists of an area Conservation International described as "a wilderness area virtually without any human influence and among the most remote and unexplored tracts of rainforest left on Earth."

> Related: Recently Extinct Animals (Photos)


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