'Vegetarian piranha' just one of 400 new species discovered in Amazon since 2010
Among other species, monkey that purrs when it is content categorized
The children of the callicebus caquetensis, one of about 20 species of titi monkey that live in the Amazon basin has an especially endearing trait. "When they feel very content, they purr towards each other," scientist Thomas Defler says. The monkey is just one of more than 400 examples of wildlife discovered in the Amazon over the past several years.
This monkey is just one of more than 400 examples of wildlife discovered in the Amazon over the past several years.
This beautiful lizard was found from the hatchlings of eggs collected by scientists in the Colombian Amazon. An elusive species, Cercosaura hypnoides, has not been seen in the wild since the original eggs were collected, raising the prospect that it could potentially be endangered.
LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - researchers have discovered more than 400 new species in the Amazon rainforest since 2010, such as a vegetarian piranha and a flower with spaghetti-like filaments, the World Wildlife Fund announced this week.
Among the new plant species are a large number of new orchid species, including this splendid pink species, Sobralia imavieirae, officially described by scientists from Roraima in the Brazilian Amazon.
The foundation says its "mission is to build a future in which people live in harmony with nature." Their discoveries have been compiled and published scientists' findings. They say even more discoveries are being made weekly.
This new species of piranha, Tometes camunani, can span 20 inches wide and weigh up to 9 pounds, and is strictly herbivorous. The freshwater fish inhabits rocky rapids associated with seedlings of plants that grow among the rocks, its main source of food.
Among hundreds of other things, scientists found a lizard with a flame-like pattern from head to tail, a snake that lives at an elevation of 1,500 feet and some unique plants. The foundation reports that 441 new species have been discovered.
This amphibian is already believed to be highly endangered. In fact, its Latin name, Allobates amissibilis, meaning "that may be lost," alludes to this as the area where it thrives could soon be opened to tourism.
Researchers scoured the region between 2010 and 2013 and found 258 species of plants, 84 fish, 22 reptiles, 18 birds and one new mammal. Many of the species are believed to be endemic to the rain forest and found nowhere else.
Apistogramma cinilabra is found in Peru.
There's a downside. Several of the never-before-seen species are already considered endangered, a reminder of the challenges facing animals in the massive rainforest habitat.
This new species, Callicebus caquetensis, is one of about 20 species of titi monkey, which all live in the Amazon basin. The babies have an endearing trait, "When they feel very content they purr towards each other," explained scientist Thomas Defler.
Spanning across eight countries, the Amazon is one of the world's most ecologically diverse regions. The effects of deforestation and river pollution have significantly impacted the forest's ecosystem and could have long-term implications for global climate change.
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