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Trippy Finds in Borneo

What Are You Lookin' At?

(Image credit: Peter Koomen)

During an expedition to study biodiversity around Mount Kinabalu on the island of Borneo in Southeast Asia, scientists collected DNA samples of thousands of species, including this jumping spider.

Mushroom-Lovers' "El Dorado"

(Image credit: Luis Morgado)

A spectacular Entoloma aff. purpurea species from Borneo's mountain forests at about 6,560 feet (2,000 meters) above sea level. Fungi experts described the study area around Mount Kinabalu as an "El Dorado" for mycologists.

Trippy Mushrooms

(Image credit: Luis Morgado)

Bioluminescent mushrooms glow late into the night in Borneo.

A Fly with Freaky Eyes

(Image credit: Stephen Gaimari)

A species of stalk-eyed fly known as Teleopsis pallifacies found during the expedition. These bugs have eyes that sit on long stems. The longer the stem for males, the more attractive he is to potential mates.

Breathtaking Biodiversity

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An Atlas moth found in Borneo.

A Plant That Doubles as a Toilet

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The Dutch and Malaysian research team discovered a species of pitcher plant, Nepenthes lowii, where it hadn’t been recorded previously. The plant doubles as a toilet for small animals that poop in the pitcher, giving the plant much-needed nutrients.

Majestic Mount Kinabalu

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The biodiversity study took place in the forests around Mount Kinabalu, Borneo's highest point.