By Lindsey Kratochwill
The World Wide Fund for Nature (also known as the World Wildlife Fund) released a new report detailing the new species discovered in the Eastern Himalayas from 2009 to 2014. The report counted 211 new species, which comprise 133 plants, 39 invertebrates, 26 fish, 10 amphibians, one reptile, one bird, and one mammal. And from a previous report, the WWF notes that between 1998 and 2008 about 354 new species from the Eastern Himalayas were described. One reason scientists have only recently found these species is due to the region’s topography, which creates isolated areas. These new species (which in reality have likely been living there for a really long time, they’re just new to us) will be welcomed by what the report claims as the region’s more than “10,000 plant species, 300 mammal species, 977 bird species, 176 reptiles, 105 amphibians, and 269 freshwater fish.” We’ve highlighted a few of those species in the gallery below.
View more pictures of the newly discovered species by clicking the name of the source below.