From Walking Fish To Horned Frog To Sneezing Monkey: New Species Discovered In Himalayas

Posted: Oct 8 2015, 5:57am CDT | by , Updated: Oct 8 2015, 6:02am CDT, in News


From Walking Fish to Horned Frog to Sneezing Monkey: New Species Discovered in Himalayas
Rhinopithecus strykeri, a no nose monkey

More than 200 fascinating species spotted in Eastern Himalayas located in Asia

The World Wildlife Fund has recently released a list of newly discovered species in Asia and it includes everything from walking fish to striking blue eyed frog to snub-nosed sneezing monkey.

According to the report, more than 200 hundred new species are found in the region of Eastern Himalayas during 2009 to 2014. The Eastern Himalayas stretches from Nepal to Bhutan including some parts of India, Tibet and Myanmar and is biologically one of the richest areas in the world.

"Some 133 plants, 39 invertebrates, 26 fish, 10 amphibians, one reptile, one bird and one mammal have been discovered over the past 6 years in the Eastern Himalayas," the report says.

Some species are quite unique and few are scary as well like Dracula fish.

The fish has earned the name from its unusual fangs – yes, the fish has got unusual fangs at the front of each jaw. The evolutionary cause of these aggressive pointed teeth is still unknown, but they appear to be part of the skeleton of fish. 

Vibrant blue dwarf “walking” snakehead fish was discovered in the Lefraguri swamp, West Bengal. “Incredibly, this snakehead fish is able to breath atmospheric air and can even survive on land for up to four days.” Study says.

Another incredible species was found in remote, forested area of Myanmar and it was a no nose monkey, which they informally called “snubby”. Local people claim that the black and white monkey is very easy to find when it is raining because “the monkeys often get rainwater in their upturned noses causing them to sneeze. To avoid this evolutionary inconvenience, snub-nosed monkeys spend rainy days sitting with their heads tucked between their knees.”

A horned frog was discovered in the forests of northern Indian states and is called Megophrys ancrae or ‘horned frog’. The horns are actually the elongated upper eyebrows.  

Other notable species mentioned are a striking blue-eyed frog, a unicorn (of sorts), a shy forest dweller and bejeweled viper. 

Where the report celebrates the unique and fascinating discovered species, it also highlights the importance of preserving them. Most of the species found in the himalays are threatened by habitat loss and hunting and only 25% of their natural habitat are intact, according to the report.

The report was published by World Wildlife Fund (WWF).

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