441 new species of animals and plants discovered in Amazon

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At least 441 new species of animals and plants have been discovered over a four year period in the vast, underexplored rainforest of the Amazon, including a monkey that purrs like a cat. 

Found between 2010 and 2013, the species include a flame-patterned lizard, a thumbnail-sized frog, a vegetarian piranha, a brightly coloured snake, and a beautiful pink orchid, according to World Wildlife Fund (WWF).

Discovered by a group of scientists and compiled by WWF, the new species number 258 plants, 84 fish, 58 amphibians, 22 reptiles, 18 birds and one mammal. This total does not include countless discoveries of insects and other invertebrates.

“These species form a unique natural heritage that we need to conserve. This means protecting their home – the amazing Amazon rainforest – which is under threat from deforestation and dam development,” said Claudio Maretti, Leader of Living Amazon Initiative, WWF. 
 

Written By: World Wildlife Fund
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4 COMMENTS

  1. @OP – Discovered by a group of scientists and compiled by WWF, the new species number 258 plants, 84 fish, 58 amphibians, 22 reptiles, 18 birds and one mammal. This total does not include countless discoveries of insects and other invertebrates.

    This simply reflects the huge range of living organisms yet to be discovered. If we are still finding large animals like monkeys, reptiles, and fish, there must be vast numbers of insects and microscopic organisms about which we have no information.

    • In reply to #3 by CdnMacAtheist:

      We should rename it the Amazezone, and make it off-limits to any exploitation or development.

      I can do that kind of improbable wishful thinking here, can’t I? Mac.

      Would that it were that simple, but so long as people have an economic incentive to deforest it for resources or land space, attempts at making it off-limits will just prompt moralistic backlash and illegal logging instead.

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