211 new species were discovered in the Himalayas, the World Wildlife Fund claimed.
The areas where these new species have been found include India, Myanmar, Nepal, and Tibet.
From 2009 to 2014, almost 34 new species have been discovered each year: plants, fishes, reptiles etc.
All the discoveries which were made in the last 6 years have been included in WWF’s report entitled ”Hidden Himalayas: Asia’s Wonderland.” The Himalayas are considered to be one of the most abundant biological areas worldwide.
The newly discovered species include beautiful animals having unique features: frogs, fishes, monkeys, snakes etc.
Rhinopithecus strykeri, a newly discovered species of monkey, became very popular on the internet. Also called the snub-nosed monkey, the shape of this animal’s nose makes it sneeze at every rain.
“To avoid this evolutionary inconvenience, snub-nosed monkeys often spend rainy days sitting with their heads tucked between their knees,” claimed WWF.
Unfortunately, this kind of monkey is highly threatened with extinction.
Another interesting species that has been recently found is a colored fish which has the ability of staying out of water for 4 days. Because of its belligerent behavior and also because of its way of reproductions, the fish was nicknamed “Fishzilla.” Discovered in West Bengal, India, the female fish can lay approximately 15,000 eggs at once.
Protobothrops himalayansus, a pit viper, is also an interesting discovery. The fish is colored in red, orange and yellow. Scientists claimed that this snake has suicidal tendencies. They kill themselves with their fangs.
The Himalayas contain a great diversity: 10,000 plant species, 300 mammals, approximately 100 birds, 100 amphibians, 270 fishes, 180 reptiles.
Worldwide, there are 200 landscapes having major importance from a biological perspective, four of which can be found in the Himalayas. Many rare species live here, especially in India. The Bengal tiger and the one-horned rhino are just two of them.
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