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New species found in Papua New Guinea

A team of scientists conducting a biological field survey in the mountains of Papua New Guinea has discovered what has the potential to be one of the most bio-diverse regions in the world.

Local and international scientists spent four weeks surveying the Hindenburg wall, a 50km stretch of limestone conducting a biological field survey. The team discovered over 80 new species of plants and animals including insects, bullfrogs, butterflies and carnivorous plants.

The BBC's Ros Atkins was joined by Joe Walston, director of the Wildlife Conservation Society Asia Program which led the expedition, and Stanley Johnson, ambassador of the UN convention on migratory species.

CORRECTION 18 March 2013: An earlier version of this clip contained some inaccuracies in the accompanying text which have now been corrected.

  • 18 Mar 2013