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‘Walking’ fish and ‘Sneezing’ monkey found in the eastern Himalayas

In the last six years, a sneezing monkey, Dracula fish and walking fish are some of the 211 species that have been found in the Eastern Himalayas. World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) in a report titled as ‘Hidden Himalayas: Asia’s Wonderland’ compiled a survey of wildlife discovered by scientists across Bhutan, north-east India, Nepal, north Myanmar and southern Tibet. The survey has been conducted in a bid to raise awareness of the threats facing the ecologically sensitive region.

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Facts you should know about the species found in the Himalayas:
• It was in the year 2010 when scientists learned about a black and white monkey in the forests of northern Myanmar
• In 2011, the scientists discovered a large group of this class of monkey in China
• According to them, the monkey has an upturned nose that causes him to sneeze when it rains
• According to the release, on rainy days the monkeys often sat with their heads tucked between their knees to avoid getting water in their noses
• The species include what the WWF described as a blue-colored ‘walking snakehead fish’
• The snakehead fish can breathe air and can survive on land for four days
• The walking fish can slide up to 400 metres on wet ground
• A Dracula fish has also been discovered in the region. The Dracula minnow was first described in 2009
• According to the WWF report, the Dracula fish has fangs at the front of each jaw
• In the report, it has also been said that aside from the teeth the fish looks freaky because of its ethereal translucence
• The 211 new species discovered between 2009 and 2014 include 133 plants including orchids, 26 kinds of fish, 10 amphibians, 39 invertebrates, one reptile, one bird and a mammal

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