Nine locust species discovered in Mozambique's largest nature park

A scientific study has announced the discovery of nine new locust species in Mozambique.

"At least two of the newly discovered species cannot be found anywhere else and exist only in the unique Serra da Gorongosa rainforest," reads the PNG press release.

The scientific article is the result of six years of fieldwork by entomologist Piotr Naskrecki and former PNG technician Ricardo Guta.

"The article describes the biology, distribution and acoustic behavior (songs produced by these insects) of the 60 species living in the region" - including the newly discovered species.

The new locusts were named after scientists who made their contribution to nature conservation in Mozambique.

Such is the case of the Gorongosa Carri species, which was "named after the Park and Gregory Carr," one of the champions of the PNG renovation process in recent years.

Spanning about 4,000 square meters, Gorongosa Park is located in Sofala district, central Mozambique.

Situated at the southern end of the East African Rift Valley, it is known as "Mozambique's most important wildlife reserve."

It is home to "some of the continent's most biologically rich and geologically diverse ecosystems" and is co-managed by the Government of Mozambique and the Gorongosa Project.