Friday, November 13, 2009

Newly Discovered Specie

World's Smallest Snake - Barbados Threadsnake

It is easy to understand where the Barbados Threadsnake got its name. This tiny snake is just four inches long and is believed to be the world's smallest snake. Its biological name is Leptotyphlops carlae.

In the photograph you can see its small size in comparison to a quarter dollar coin. The snake was discovered under a rock in St. Joseph Parish on the island of Barbados by S. Blair Hedges and Carla Ann Hass. The species name "carlae" is dedicated to Carla Ann Hass.

Newly Discovered Specie

World's Longest Insect: A Walking Stick From Borneo

The world's longest insect has been discovered in the jungles of Borneo, Malaysia. The walking stick-like insect has a body length of 14 inches and a total length of over 22 inches.

The insect is a Phasmatid and has been given a biological name of Phobaeticus chani in honor of C. L. Chan. It is amazing that an insect this large could avoid discovery, however, it looks just like a stick and would be difficult to spot on vegetation - even if you look right at it!

Smallest Known Seahorse - Satomi's Pygmy Seahorse

One of the most interesting new species from the State of Observed Species Report is this miniature seahorse - Satomi's Pygmy Seahorse - with a biological name of Hippocampus satomiae. It is only about 0.54 inch in total length. When swimming and with its tail curved it is only about 0.45 inch high!

This tiny animal was discovered near Derawan Island off Kalimantan, Indonesia and first described scientifically in 2008. The name "satomiae" was given to recognize Miss Satomi Onishi, the diving guide who collected the type specimens.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Buntot Palos Training Climb

The Majestic Falls of Buntot Palos
Many people and hikers always visited this majestic place but due to some unexpected instances causes by mother nature disaster occur and destruction of some trails of the mountain.

The Terrible Trail of Buntot Palos

The Typhoon Ondoy causes a big impact on mountains in south and northern Luzon. As the PNU-Mountaineering Club ascent the Buntot Palos they have witness the effect of the said disaster.

Getting Ready for more vigorous Physical Activity

The Emotion of a Climber due to the disaster caused by Typhoon Ondoy

Traversing the Landslide part of the trail