Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Amazing New Species Discovered in Amazon (Videos) "Amazon Alive!" Report by WWF

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Amazon Pink River Dolphin
"In 2006, scientific evidence showed that there is a separate species – Inia boliviensis – of the dolphin in Bolivia, although some scientists consider it a subspecies of Inia geoffrensis. In contrast to the Amazon River dolphins, their Bolivian relatives have more teeth, smaller heads, and smaller but wider and rounder bodies."


New Species Discovered in Amazon: Over 1,200 in past 10 years, 1 every 3 days

Amazon Alive! A Decade of Discoveries 1999-2009 The World Wildlife Fund presented the "Amazon Alive" report to the UN Convention on Biodiversity in Nagoya, Japan this week. The report reviews the discovery of 637 plants, 257 fish, 216 amphibians, 55 reptiles, 16 birds and 39 mammals. Two videos are below from CNN covering the report.

WWF "Amazon Alive!" Report Highlights:
The first new anaconda species identified since 1936
An extraordinary species, Ranitomeya amazonica, a frog with an incredible burst of flames on its head
A parrot, Pyrilia aurantiocephala, has an extraordinary bald head, displays an astonishing spectrum of colors
Probable separate species, if not subspecies, of pink river dolphin in Bolivia,  Inia boliviensis
A blind and tiny, bright red new species of catfish that lives mainly in subterranean waters

Rainforest Destruction WWF states, "Although most of the Amazon region remains fairly undisturbed, the threats to it are rapidly increasing. During the last 50 years humankind has caused the destruction of at least 17% of the Amazon rainforest – this is an area greater than the size of Venezuela, or twice the size of Spain." Francisco Ruiz: "Urgent and immediate action is needed if we are to avoid this frightening scenario. The fate of the Amazon - and of its species whether known or yet to be discovered - depends on a significant shift in the current way development is embraced by all Amazon countries."

WWF Living Amazon Initiative "Through its Living Amazon Initiative, WWF is working towards a comprehensive approach to work with governments, civil society, and the private sector to promote the transformational process needed to bring about an alternative scenario to better preserve the Amazon’s biodiversity."


(CNN) More than 1,200 new species have been found in the Amazon. CNN's Josh Levs reports.



(CNN) New plants and animals are found in the Amazon rainforest. CNN's Jenny Harrison explains.

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Links
Amazing Discoveries in the Amazon: New Species Found Every 3 Days Over Last Decade (WWF)


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