Image: © Piotr Naskrecki
(New to science, previously observed) This is a previously seen but still undescribed species endemic to Papua New Guinea- observed by Conservation International’s Rapid Assessment Program (RAP) researchers in 2009.
Twenty years of field studies have resulted in the discovery of many new species and more information on rare species. Conservation International’s (CI) Rapid Assessment Program (RAP) has done hundreds of expeditions to far-flung and little known areas of the world and found 1,300 new or rare species during their assessments.
To mark the 20-year milestone, Still Counting…, edited by Leanne Alonso, is a new book that celebrates the work done so far and the work that continues to be done by RAP. CI has chosen 20 species that are biologically unique, threatened or rare, designating them as “RAP Stars” to mark the 20 years of field work. Let’s take a look at them!