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A wild discovery in the south American jungle check it out this little guy a cowboy fraud.
And can -- guess what kind of fish this is called an armored catfish.
Both of these critters among dozens of new species discovered in the country of -- -- now I'm located in northern south America west of Guyana.
-- Larson is the director of conservation international's rapid assessment program was part of the team who discovered these creatures.
-- what was the idea just go deep in this fairly pristine jungle and and find species try to locate species never found before.
Well this came out of the rapid assessment program which is a project of conservation international.
I -- and what we do is we send teams of experts scientists into places around the world into the field.
To assess the biological value of these places and took the place priorities on them based on their uniqueness for conservation.
So hot so what going to -- So what we did hear and -- -- on that which is a tiny country but actually degree in this country in the world because over 90% of its area is still covered in intact forest.
So our team went into -- very remote part of sir Tom we flew in in small charter planes landed on a little grassy strip.
And then have to travel in dugout canoes.
Built out of a single large tree trunk for many hours and I had it been in places carry the boats over rapids trying to avoid sting -- an electric -- on the way.
And then explore the forest and and find what's there and work also with a local indigenous community and area.
Hey let me tell you about coming to work in New York City it's rough too but just.
Look you had your cell thought kind of and up close and personal meeting where this is a new species the bullet and the bullet and it's not a new species.
But an exciting one to find my first night it was particularly exciting because it was waiting for me and my sleeping bag -- my tent.
And the bullet and is named for that the pain that causes when it stings you and I haven't actually been shot but.
I imagine it's aptly named because I have been stung by -- before I see al-Qaeda cowboy frog it got its name because.
So the cowboys front to find this the scientists have -- slogged through a swamp in the fourth in the middle of the night and we nicknamed the -- frog -- if you look closely.
-- you can see spurs on the heel of each hind leg.
Also white friend -- side of the -- and the armored catfish why is it armor.
This was a really cool fish so -- small catfish and it's covered in but when you play it's all around the body.
And on top of these plates that also has -- intense I'm very sharp spines and these fines presumably are adapted to defend it against predators and particularly those that giant her on -- -- of around in the -- -- where it -- you have -- like to -- and like to -- -- and other if you have any particular favorites of all these new species you guys uncovered.
-- was really exciting it's hard to pick favorites.
I work a lot with insects I love the sheer diversity of insects I have -- variety of shapes and and behaviors that you can find.
So I was really excited to find.
A particular species called copper -- his plans for which is a massive.
Metallic blue it's actually a type of dung beetle.
They have huge -- that they use in in ferocious battles against each other.
I'm so that was really exciting and and it it's an unusual case in the animal world because usually it's the males -- ports they could hear that they used to fight about the -- I've been in this case females actually have longhorns and they use them and really intense battles -- like a triceratops do you see that thing is the size of a tangerine I guess I'm.
But -- -- -- beatle wow and and pure muscle.
I bet now they can stay and turn on -- finalist Todd Larsen thanks for -- sharing your expertise.
Thank you that's fascinating I'm -- and.
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