Pinocchio Frog And Other Creatures Discovered

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The world’s smallest wallaby and a frog with a Pinocchio-like nose have been discovered in a remote mountain ‘lost world’.

The remarkable array of new species – which also include a bat that feeds on jungle nectar, a ‘gargoyle-like gecko’ with yellow eyes, and a giant woolly rat – were discovered in Indonesia’s Foja mountains.

The creatures were identified during a four-week survey of the rainforest wilderness by Conservation International.

The discoveries include several new mammals, a reptile, an amphibian and a dozen insects.

Among them were a new imperial pigeon and a tiny forest wallaby that is believed to be the smallest member of the kangaroo family documented in the world.

Conservation International said the frog’s Pinocchio-like protuberance on its nose pointed upwards when it called – but leaned downwards when it was less active.

The Foja Mountains, classified as a national wildlife sanctuary, are in the Indonesian province of Papua on the island of New Guinea and encompass more than 300,000 hectares of pristine rainforest.

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