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350 newly discovered species in the Himalayas

A flying frog and the world's smallest deer are among the species discovered in the Himalayas in the last ten years. According to a report recently published by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), between 1998 and 2008, a total of 353 new species were identified.
The discoveries include 242 plant species, 16 amphibian species, 16 reptile species, 14 fish-, two bird-, two mammal- and at least 60 species of invertebrates. Biological diversity in the region is nevertheless under threat from climate change, deforestation and overgrazing by livestock, and only one quarter of all habitats can still be considered intact. Source: (de/fr/it)