Hundreds of new species discovered in Himalayas in recent years

Hundreds of new species discovered in Himalayas in recent years
Credit: WWF

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - As we explore deeper into the depths of the oceans we would expect to find new species and discover new things about the planet. To find new species on land is always somewhat of a surprise as we have explored almost the entire surface of Earth. But even to this day we are still being surprised and coming across new life forms we never knew existed on the planet.

Over 200 new species have been discovered in the Eastern Himalayas in recent years and there could be more to find. Some new ones discovered have been the fanged "Dracula fish," the noseless "Sneezing monkey" and many different plant species. In all, 133 new plants, 39 invertebrates, 26 fish species, 10 amphibians, one bird, one reptile and one mammal have been discovered in the past six years.

A total of 211 new life forms have been found in Asia. Some of these are critically endangered as they live in such small areas threatened by human development and climate change. Only 25 percent of the Eastern Himalayas remain intact thanks to mostly human interference. Now climate change is the greatest threat to the region.

"With discovery, comes the important responsibility to continue protecting and caring for these precious gifts that this world has been blessed with," said Dechen Dorji, Bhutan's representative for the WWF. "This is yet another reason why the world must come together to give voice to the voiceless, to build a future where humanity can continue to live in harmony with nature."

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