martes, 4 de junio de 2013

Giant Fluorescent Pink Slugs found living in a Australian Mountain

ORIGINAL: Our Amazing Earth
by Amazing Earth
May 31, 2013

Giant fluorescent pink slugs found living at the top of Mount Kaputar in Australia.

Rangers for National Parks and Wildlife Service in New South Wales, Australia have discovered giant bright pink slugs living on the top of Mount Kaputar. “The slug measures 20 cm or 7.8 inches long” and “can only be seen in a particular area” of the mountain top.

The slugs are thought to be a relic from when the area was surrounded by rainforest 17 million years ago. Volcanic activity in the area created arid conditions that caused the rainforest to recede. High elevation protected the small ecosystem from the effects of the volcano, leaving it isolated. Scientists believe this isolation has been crucial to their survival.

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