35 New Species Discovered in Ecuador

Posted on January 4, 2014 • Filed under: Ecuador, Enviromental Issues

radioangulo.cu reported that Ecuadorian scientists presented to the world 35 new species discovered through Noah’s Ark project, fostered by the Ministry of Higher Education, Technology and Innovation (SENESCYT) and the Ministry of Environment.

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Through the study of samples and DNA, the researchers discovered eight reptiles like the case of Anyalioides rubrigularis, a lizard from the upper basin of Zamora River, published today El Telegrafo newspaper. Among the new species are also Swastizia yasuniense, a plant from Yasuni, and 26 amphibians, like Hypsiboas alfaroi, a tree frog from Alfaro. According to experts, Noah’s Ark project is part of a program of taxonomic and genetic characterization of Ecuadorian biodiversity. Read Article

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