381 new species have been discovered in the Amazon

A fire-tailed titi monkey, a honeycomb patterned stingray, a pink river dolphin and a yellow-moustached lizard are among nearly 400 new species to be discovered in the Amazon in just two years.

A new report by WWF and the Mamirauá Institute in Brazil reveals that a new species of animal or plant is being discovered in the Amazon every 2 days, the fastest rate this century. However, because huge parts of the forest are being destroyed so fast, WWF is warning that we may never know all of the riches that the world’s largest tropical rainforest holds.

Some 381 new species were discovered in the Amazon 2014 and 2015, including 216 plants, 93 fish, 32 amphibians, 20 mammals – 2 of which are fossils – 19 reptiles and 1 bird. The new species include:

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