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Scientists Discover 52 New Species on Borneo Island


A global conservation organization says scientists have discovered at least 52 new species of animals and plants on the southeast Asian island of Borneo in the past year.

The World Wildlife Fund said in a statement Monday, the discoveries include 30 species of fish, two tree frogs, 16 ginger species, three tree species and one large-leafed plant.

The WWF says some of the species were found in the heart of Borneo, in a 220,000 square kilometer area covered with equatorial rain forest.

One of the most amazing discoveries is the world's second smallest vertebrate - a tiny fish measuring less than one centimeter - that thrives in the highly acidic blackwater peat swamps.

Some information for this report was provided AFP and AP.

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