Photos: 600 new species discovered in Madagascar since 1999

Mongabay: More than 600 species of plants and animals have been described in Madagascar over the past decade, reiterating the position of Indian Ocean island as one of the world's top biodiversity hotspots, says a new report issued today by WWF. Compiling data from scientific papers published between 1999 and 2010, WWF's Treasure Island [PDF] says Madagascar's bounty of previously undescribed species amounts to 385 plants, 42 invertebrates, 17 fish, 69 amphibians, 61 reptiles and 41 mammals. The discoveries......

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