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Posted Tue Oct 26 2010: from
New species discovered in the Amazon every three days
The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) counted the number of new discoveries between 1999 and 2009 to highlight the one of the most diverse areas on Earth. The report Amazon Alive! found some 1,200 new species of plants and vertebrates have been discovered in the area over ten years, a new species every three days. The new species include 637 plants, 257 fish, 216 amphibians, 55 reptiles, 16 birds and 39 mammals, confirming that the Amazon is one of the most diverse places on Earth. Among the findings are the first new species of anaconda identified since 1936, a frog with a 'burst of flames' on its head, a parrot with a bald head, a pink river dolphin, a bright red blind catfish and a tiger-striped tarantula. Sarah Hutchison, WWF-UK forest programme manager for Brazil, said all the species were at risk of deforestation. She pointed out that in the last 50 years humankind has caused the destruction of at least 17 per cent of the Amazon rainforest, an area twice the size of Spain.
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If we hadn't destroyed 17 percent, then we might be finding a new species every 2.49 days.

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