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Researchers discovered 20 new species of frogs, butterflies, snakes and more during an expedition in the Bolivian Andes
A team of 17 researchers spent two weeks in the Bolivian Andes assessing the ecosystem.
They found 20 new species never before identified in science.
The effort was part of Conservation International's Rapid Response Program to quickly research ecosystems in need of protection.
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Scientists who explored an ecosystem high in the Bolivian Andes discovered 20 new species that had never been identified before, according to Conservation International, which ran the expedition.
A team led by biologist Trond Larsen hiked for two weeks through Bolivia's Zongo Valley, a region masked by clouds more than 10,000 feet above sea level, to assess the ecosystem.
During their short, but intrepid, trip they identified 1,204 species. Of them, 20 were "completely new to science," Larsen said in an interview with a writer from Conservation International's online blog.
The mountain fer-de-lance viper, the Bolivian flag snake, and the lilliputian frog, as well as four orchid and four butterfly species, were among their finds.
A type of bamboo, which is new to science but long used in the making of musical instruments by indigenous communities, was also found.