NEW SPECIES PICTURES: "Ugly" Salamander and More

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"Ugly" Salamander Lacks Lungs

You might call it E.T.-like, but scientists are calling this bug-eyed beauty "ugly," according to a Conservation International report released June 16, 2009.

Probably of the genus Bolitoglossa, the potentially new species is nocturnal and apparently unafraid of heights.

"They are arboreal salamanders, which is unusual," amphibian expert Robin Moore said. "They climb in vegetation. The vast majority of salamanders live on the ground or in water, they don't climb."

Like some other salamanders, the newfound animal is also lungless--it breathes though its skin. (See "First Lungless Frog Found.")
—Photograph by Jessica Deichmann, courtesy Conservation International
 
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