Ok, all- this is a big one. I’m posting the heads up (kindly forwarded to me by the Amateur Naturalist), and will post more specifics if and when they come available:
from BBC News online:
An expedition to the rainforests of Guyana has discovered species new to science.
A team of researchers and wildlife film-makers spent six weeks searching the pristine forest as part of a BBC documentary.
The group believes it has revealed two fish species, one frog species and a number of bat flies that have not been described previously.
The finds are detailed in the BBC series Lost Land of the Jaguar.
The three-part documentary includes footage of the elusive South American cat.
Dr George McGavin was astonished at the variety of life on show
“In a short time, we caught hundreds of species, 10% of which may be new to science. It was unreal, unbelievable,” exclaimed Dr George McGavin, a zoologist and one of the four presenters of the documentary.
He added: “Catching is the easy bit, the hard bit is going back to the lab and examining the species, comparing them to collections and books – seeing if they are new to science. One hour in the field can equal hundreds of hours in the lab.”