Flora Fauna

Newly Identified Species of the Amazon Rainforest

Believe it or not, there are still animals in the Amazon that are unknown to us. There is such an immense variety of life that new species are identified to this day! During the past 10 years, more than 1,200 new species of animals and plants have been discovered in the Amazon. Here are some of the new species recently found in the Amazon Rainforest.

Lost World Snake

This brightly-colored snake has a combination of yellow, orange and brown skin that blends together from its head to its tail. “The road was so densely covered with vegetation that you could stretch your hand out of the car and grab the leaves, so I decided to turn on my headlamp and start scanning,” Arteaga, the scientist who found the species recalls. “That’s when I saw the first one.”

During his expedition they identified 5 new species previously unknown to science. Read the official scientific paper on the discovery here: https://zookeys.pensoft.net/article/24523/

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Here is a short list of other amazing creatures of the amazon:

Vegetarian piranha

That’s right, a vegetarian piranha. The herbivorous piranha eats aquatic herbs and can be found in rocky rapids of the rivers that cross the Amazon. Interestingly enough they have developed ‘human-like’ teeth, that gives this creature a particularly interesting look!

Tree Stump Bird

The Potoo is one of the amazon’s most bizarre animals. With their amazing camouflage they spend days perfectly still, with eyes half open, imitating a broken tree stump. this will be the same branch that they will lay their eggs on, so it is chosen wisely. When night comes, these amazing creatures fly out to hunt!

Spaghetti passion flower

This new species of flower has vivid purple petals and quirky filaments that burst out of the flower’s center. It appears as if noodles are dangling from it. The Spaghetti Passion Flower was discovered in 2013. Learn more about the extraordinary Plants in the Amazon Rainforest here.

Caqueta titi monkey

This is one of 20 species of titi monkeys that live in the Amazon basin. It is said that titi monkeys are among the few species of primates that are monogamous. When they’re happy, they purr to each other like cats. Unfortunately, it is estimated that as little as 250 caqueta titi monkeys remain in the wild.

Arapaima leptosoma

Arapaimas are extraordinarily small fishes that have adapted to low oxygen levels in their environment. The low oxygen levels deter larger predators from invading their territory. This new species is more slender than other Arapaimas, hence the name Leptosoma, which means ‘slender body’. They were discovered in a small forest lake and are considered endangered.

Thimble frog

This poison dart frog was discovered in 2013 and is already believed to be highly endangered. The thumbnail-sized frog has the Latin name Allobates Amissibilis, which translates to “that may be lost”. They gave it this name because the frog may in fact be lost soon if their habitat continues to be threatened. It’s important to be aware of how humans can hurt or help this fragile species. Click here to learn about how can you help the Amazon Jungle.

Gonatodes timidus

This species of lizard was discovered in 2011. Although they boast attractive and extraordinary colors, they tend to be very shy. In fact, the name given to them (timidus) is latin for shy or fearful. The Gonatodes’ head is bluish white with irregular yellow stripes and blotches.

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