Hundreds of new species discovered in Amazon

Hundreds of new species discovered in Amazon

World August 31, 2017 15:27

sao paulo - Researchers have discovered 381 new animal and plant species in the Amazon region. This happened during a 24-month study, according to the World Nature Fund (WNF), a new species was revealed on average every two days.

'New species include a firecrack jam, a honeycomb rye, a pink river dolphin, a yellowish lizard and a bird named after former US President Barack Obama:' Nystalus obamai ', told the WNF. A total of 216 new plants, 93 fish, 32 amphibians, 20 mammals, 19 reptiles and a bird have been discovered.

The researchers made the discoveries in the years 2014 and 2015. In previous investigations in the Amazon Amazon jungle in South America hundreds of new species have also been discovered. According to the WNF, there are still 'huge holes' in scientific knowledge about the Amazon region.

Thus, the organization estimates that 80 percent of species in the area should still be discovered. 'Despite the fact that it covers only 1 percent of the Earth's surface, it is estimated that 10 percent of all known species live on Earth,' said the WNF, who expressed concern about the protection of the Amazon world.

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