In the Amazon, one new species every three days

Billions of species were never described by Science – but most of them are microorganisms. Discovering a new mammal or bird is considered a rare event. Nevertheless, in the last 10 years, 39 mammals, 16 birds, 55 reptiles, 216 anphibeans, 257 fish and 637 plants were found and described in the Amazon, in one more blatant evidence of the almost infinite biodiversity of this region. The World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) has just published a report of a decade of  Biological research in the basin, home to 10% of all the species of the planet.

A few discoveries were considered particularly relevant. The snake Eunectes beniensis, for instance,was the first new sucuri (a giant boa) identified since the thirties. A new pink porpoise, Inia boliviensis, was the first in its genus identified since 1830.  Check some of their pictures.