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Purring monkey and vegetarian piranha among 400 new Amazon species

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Four years of scientific expeditions have found previously unknown animals and plants in world’s largest tropical rainforest

New species of the Amazon rainforest – in pictures

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A purring monkey, a vegetarian piranha and a flame-patterned lizard are among more than 400 new species of animals and plants that have been discovered in the past four years in the Amazon rainforest, conservationists say.

Discovered through hundreds of scientific expeditions between 2010 to 2013, the total of 441 new species – all new to science – includes 258 plants, 84 fish, 58 amphibians, 22 reptiles, 18 birds and one mammal. This tally does not include discoveries of insects and other invertebrates.

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