Deep in the sticky rainforests of Papua New Guinea lies a volcanic crater whose lush canopy hides a terrible and throaty evil. For it is among the dank shadows that the vengeful one sits in quiet repose, abiding the flickering movement of insects until larger prey presents itself:
A team of scientists from Britain, the US, Hawaii and Papua New Guinea found more than 40 previously unidentified species when they climbed into the kilometre-deep crater of Mount Bosavi and explored a pristine jungle habitat teeming with life that has evolved in isolation since the volcano last erupted 200,000 years ago.
New species include a camouflaged gecko, a fanged frog and a fish called the Henamo Grunter, named because it makes grunting noises from its swim bladder.
”These discoveries are really significant,” said Steve Backshall, a climber and naturalist who became so friendly with the never-before seen Bosavi Silky Cucus – a marsupial that lives in trees and feeds on fruits and leaves – that it sat on his shoulder.