Over 100 species new to science recorded in transboundary PA on Borneo, WWF says

An enormous stick insect more than half a metre long and a bizarre lungless frog are among a staggering collection of new species highlighted today to celebrate an agreement to conserve wildlife on the island of Borneo.

Conservationists say the weird and wonderful creatures were discovered thanks to a pioneering deal between three governments to protect and conserve 220,000 square kilometres of lush rainforest on the island.

Some 123 new species have been recorded in the protected region, known as the "Heart of Borneo", since the 2007 agreement.

They include a vivid flame-coloured bronzeback snake that can flare the back of its neck to reveal bright orange colours when threatened, a new bird named the spectacled flowerpecker, and a green and yellow slug with a tail three times the length of its head.

Adam Tomasek, leader of conservation group WWF's Heart of Borneo initiative, said: "As the past three years of independent scientific discovery have proven, new forms of life are constantly being discovered in the Heart of Borneo. If this stretch of irreplaceable rainforest can be conserved for our children, the promise of more discoveries must be a tantalising one for the next generation of researchers to contemplate."

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