東非發現新品種變色龍
文章來源:未知 文章作者:meng 發布時間:2009-11-24 05:56 字體: [ ]  進入論壇
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A new species of chameleon1(變色龍) has been discovered in Tanzania(坦桑尼亞) by a team of scientists. Dr Andrew Marshall, from the Environment Department at the University of York, first spotted2 the animal while surveying monkeys in the Magombera Forest when he disturbed a twig3(小枝,嫩枝) snake eating one.

The specimen4(標本,樣本) was collected, tested and compared to two others found by scientists in the same area and has now been named Kinyongia magomberae (the Magombera chameleon) in research published in the African Journal of Herpetology.

Dr Marshall is co-author of the study alongside researchers from the Museo Tridentino di Scienze Naturali, the South African National Biodiversity Institute, Anglia Ruskin University and the University of Stellenbosch.

He said: "Discovering a new species is a rare event so to be involved in the identification and naming of this animal is very exciting.

"Chameleon species tend to be focused in small areas and, unfortunately, the habitat this one depends on, the Magombera Forest, is under threat. Hopefully this discovery will support efforts to provide this area and others like it with greater protection."

Dr Marshall, who is also Director of Conservation Science at the Flamingo5 Land theme park and zoo, is leading a research project investigating changes in the Magombera Forest. The forest is an important resource for people in the area and home to wildlife, including endangered red colobus monkeys(紅疣猴).

The project combines research into the biology of the forest with education for local people on how to manage it in a more sustainable(持久的) way. The ultimate aim is to develop protected status for the forest and find alternative ways of meeting the needs of local communities.



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1 chameleon YUWy2     
n.變色龍,蜥蜴;善變之人
參考例句:
  • The chameleon changes colour to match its surroundings.變色龍變換顏色以適應環境。
  • The chameleon can take on the colour of its background.變色龍可呈現出與其背景相同的顏色。
2 spotted 7FEyj     
adj.有斑點的,斑紋的,弄污了的
參考例句:
  • The milkman selected the spotted cows,from among a herd of two hundred.牛奶商從一群200頭牛中選出有斑點的牛。
  • Sam's shop stocks short spotted socks.山姆的商店屯積了有斑點的短襪。
3 twig VK1zg     
n.小樹枝,嫩枝;v.理解
參考例句:
  • He heard the sharp crack of a twig.他聽到樹枝清脆的斷裂聲。
  • The sharp sound of a twig snapping scared the badger away.細枝突然折斷的刺耳聲把獾驚跑了。
4 specimen Xvtwm     
n.樣本,標本
參考例句:
  • You'll need tweezers to hold up the specimen.你要用鑷子來夾這標本。
  • This specimen is richly variegated in colour.這件標本上有很多顏色。
5 flamingo nsWzxe     
n.紅鸛,火烈鳥
參考例句:
  • This is the only species of flamingo in the region,easily recognized by its pink plumage.這是那個地區唯一一種火烈鳥,很容易憑粉紅色的羽毛辨認出來。
  • In my family,I am flamingo in the flock of pigeons.在家里,我就像一只被困在鴿籠里的火烈鳥。
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