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Himalayan wonders: 211 new species found
Posted on: 06-10-2015 , 02:00:PM | DY365 Bureau

 Oct 6, 2015- A World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) report released on Monday stated that a walking snakehead fish, a sneezing monkey, a singing bird and splendid orchids are among 211 new plant and animal species discovered in the Himalayan region in the last six years. 

The biological treasure trove of species were discovered in the region spanning northeast India, Bhutan, Nepal, Myanmar and southern parts of Tibet, says the WWF report Hidden Himalayas: Asia’s Wonderland.
The new species discovered between 2009 and 2014 included 133 plants, 39 invertebrates, 26 fish, 10 amphibians, one reptile, a bird and a mammal species. Among other discoveries were the most beautiful orchids that the report described as “glorious” and were found in Assam and Nepal.
This is by far the largest discovery of species new to science in the region with 354 species discovered in a decade between 1998 and 2008.
 “I am excited that the region – home to a staggering number of species including some of the most charismatic fauna – continues to surprise the world with the nature and pace of species discovery,” said Ravi Singh, CEO and secretary general of WWF-India and chair of the WWF Living Himalayas Initiative.
The report also underscored the threats facing the vibrant Himalayan ecosystem with climate change being the most serious. Population growth, deforestation, overgrazing, poaching, the wildlife trade, mining, pollution and hydropower development have also contributed to the pressures on the fragile ecosystems in the region, the report said.

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