Posted by: Loren Coleman on November 29th, 2010
It is rather intriguing how many new species keep getting discovered. Just when you let your guard down, and think that the new surprises for the year have been exhausted,
a new squid is noted in the southern Indian Ocean,
new toads and a frog are found in Colombia,
a new blind cave fish and frog that carries it young in its back are discovered in eastern Papua,
a new carnivorous plant is revealed in Cambodia, and
a newly named squid worm is found deep off the Philippines.
This week it was announced that a new, critically endangered species of ground parrot in Western Australia had been discovered.
A team of Australian researchers involving DNA experts from the University of Adelaide led by Australian Wildlife Conservancy’s Dr Stephen Murphy, used DNA from museum specimens up to 160 years old to reveal that populations of ground parrots in eastern and western Australia are highly distinct from each other and that the western populations should be recognized as a new species, Pezoporus flaviventris.
An adult Western gound parrot photographed in Fitzgerald River National Park, Western Australia. (Credit: Copyright Brent Barrett, WA Department of Environment and Conservation.)
What could be next?
A new species of flying, er, high leaping armadillo?
Loren Coleman is one of the world’s leading cryptozoologists, some say “the” leading living cryptozoologist. Certainly, he is acknowledged as the current living American researcher and writer who has most popularized cryptozoology in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. Starting his fieldwork and investigations in 1960, after traveling and trekking extensively in pursuit of cryptozoological mysteries, Coleman began writing to share his experiences in 1969. An honorary member of Ivan T. Sanderson’s Society for the Investigation of the Unexplained in the 1970s, Coleman has been bestowed with similar honorary memberships of the North Idaho College Cryptozoology Club in 1983, and in subsequent years, that of the British Columbia Scientific Cryptozoology Club, CryptoSafari International, and other international organizations. He was also a Life Member and Benefactor of the International Society of Cryptozoology (now-defunct). Loren Coleman’s daily blog, as a member of the Cryptomundo Team, served as an ongoing avenue of communication for the ever-growing body of cryptozoo news from 2005 through 2013. He returned as an infrequent contributor beginning Halloween week of 2015. Coleman is the founder in 2003, and current director of the International Cryptozoology Museum in Portland, Maine.