HUNDREDS OF NEW SPECIES DISCOVERED IN THE EASTERN HIMALAYAN REGION

Over 30 new species discovered annually in the Himalans and habitat is threatened. Take a look at all the plants and animals affected.

World Wildlife Fund news - A sneezing monkey, a walking fish and a jewel-like snake are just some of a biological treasure trove of over 200 new species discovered in the Eastern Himalayas in recent years, according to a new report by WWF. The vibrant blue dwarf ‘walking’ snakehead fish can breathe atmospheric air and survive on land for up to four days. And the newly-found monkey’s upturned nose leads to a sneeze every time the rain falls. In total, 211 species were discovered between 2009 and 2014—that’s an average of 34 new species annually for the past six years. The report maps out the volume of new species found by scientists from various organizations including 133 plants, 39 invertebrates, 26 fish, 10 amphibians, one reptile, one bird and one mammal.Conserving Biodiversity One of the most biologically diverse places on Earth, the Eastern Himalayas—spanning Bhutan, north-east India, Nepal, north Myanmar and the southern parts of Tibet—are also under grave threat. Due to development, only 25% of the original habitats in the region remain intact and hundreds of species that live in the Eastern Himalayas are considered globally threatened. Climate change is by...

 

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