Thursday 14 February 2013

another new species discovered

A new owl species from Indonesia is formally described
A new species of owl discovered in Lombok, Indonesia, has been formally described by scientists. The Rinjani Scops owl (Otus jolandae) was discovered by two separate researchers just days apart in September 2003.The "common" owl is the first endemic bird species recorded on the island of Lombok.The first study of the species, by an international team of scientists, is published in the journal PLoS One. Lead researcher George Sangster, from Stockholm University's Department of Zoology in Stockholm, Sweden, described his first encounter with the new species. "I found the new owl on 3 September 2003, and Ben King found it independently at a different location on 7 September 2003."

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