Eastern Himalayas hotbed of newly discovered species
by Alan Harten
August 14, 2009
The Eastern Himalayan mountain range has spawned the discovery of over 350 new species of animals and plants in the last ten years due to its large amount of inaccessible and hidden terrain that scientists have just now been able to reach and explore.
The new species have been discovered at about a rate of 35 per year since 1998 and have included species such as the leaf deer and the Arunachal macaque which is the first new monkey species to be found within the last century.
Some striking species that look like something out of a Dr. Suess book have also been discovered such as the bright green flying frog with red feet, the Rhacophorus Suffry, and a litter frog with golden eyes that take over the entire body of the frog known as the Leptobrachium smithi.
In total, the area has led to the discovery of two more birds, 16 amphibians, two mammals, 14 fish, `16 reptiles, 224 plants, and an additional 60 invertebrates in the limited time spam of ten years.
The area is also home to the largest portion of the already discovered Bengal tigers, snow leopards, and the one horned rhino which now can only be found in the Himalayas.
The area where all of the new species have been discovered, the eastern Himalayas, is divided between mountain ranges in China, India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Bhutan, and Burma.
Despite the fact that the animals are all newly discovered, they are already at threat from changes in the environment caused by climate change.
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