New species discovered in Himalayas


According to a new World Wildlife Fund or WWF report, over 200 new species have been discovered in the Eastern Himalayas over the course of recent years.

The discovery of new the species is very high and if we measure it then on the average 34 new species have been discovered annually in the ecologically rich but threatened, region for the past six years.

In the Eastern Himalayas at least 345 new species were discovered between 1998 and 2008.

Phuntsho Choden of WWF Bhutan said, “The discovery of over 200 new species in the Eastern Himalayas is an important indicator of the rich biodiversity we still possess, but it also raises an important question of how to navigate the daunting development challenges facing the region while committing to preserve this natural heritage.

Choden and his colleagues said that only 25 percent of the original habitats of the Eastern Himalayas remain intact because of rapid human development in the area.

The spotted wren babbler is going relatively well in terms of population, however. It was found in the region’s tropical, moist mountain forests. The bird generally prefers to hide out in thick ferns or in the decaying trunks of fallen trees, but this individual apparently wanted to be seen and heard in the moment that its photo was taken.

The report on wildlife in Nepal, Bhutan, the far north of Burma, southern Ribet and north-eastern India has revealed discoveries of 133 plants, 10 new amphibians, one reptile, one bird, 26 fish species and one mammals in the past five years.

According to the WWF report, new discoveries include wren-babbler, a striking blue-eyed frog, and a lance-headed pit viper snake with an ornate yellow, red, and orange pattern.

Scientists learned of a snub nosed monkey or ‘Snubby’ as the locals in the remote of the northern Burma has nicknamed the species. They said that it is easy to find this species when it is raining because it often got rainwater in its upturned nose, causing it to sneeze.