actualizado: Mon, 19 Aug 2013 11:22:48 GMT | de Lusa

Mozambique: A Gorongosa expedition finds 1200 species, some new to science

At least 1,200 species, more than 20 of them new to science, have been discovered in the first large-scale survey of plants and animals in Mozambique’s Gorongosa national park.



Speaking to Lusa by phone on Saturday, scientist Piotr Naskrecki said the number were not finalised as some of the lab work was nor concluded.

“We couldn’t be happier with what we found”, he said adding that between 900 and 1,000 had never been seen in the park, many are new to Mozambique and some had never been seen by a scientist and didn’t even have a name.

Fifteen biologists spend three weeks in Gorongosa which lies at the southern end of the African Great Rift valley.

“Although the park lost a lot of its larger species during the civil war many of the smaller members of the ecosystems are in a good state of health”, he added.

The expedition was particularly interested in studying precisely these smaller animals such as snakes, frogs and insects.

The expedition was financed by the Carr Foundation which manages the park and is expected to publish its findings by December.




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