New beetles discovered by Dutch biologists in Yemen

19th November 2010, Comments 0 comments


Two new species of insects have been have discovered by Dutch biologists on the island of Socotra in Yemen.

Entomologists Robert Ketelaar and Jaap Bouwman told public broadcaster NOS that they identified a "tubby, greyish" cricket living in caves, a winged orange-coloured locust, and some minor ground beetles hitherto unknown to scientists.

Socotra Island is known for its unique flora and fauna, with at least a third of the 800 local species being found nowhere else in the world. The four-man team of Dutch biologists led by Ketelaar and Bouwman spotted 91 species, they say in the report on their March 2009 trip which was published on Thursday.

One of the known indigenous species seen, the night cricket is shown in the photograph below.

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