Wednesday 1 April 2015

Scientists discover new river dolphin species

Published 25/01/2014 | 20:09

Inia araguaiaensis dolphin in the Araguaia River in Amazonas state, Brazil.  Scientists say it is the first new river dolphin species discovered in nearly 100 years inhabiting the Araguaia River in Brazil's vast Amazon rainforest.(AP Photo/Nicole Dutra, Federal University of Amazonas)
Inia araguaiaensis dolphin in the Araguaia River in Amazonas state, Brazil. Scientists say it is the first new river dolphin species discovered in nearly 100 years inhabiting the Araguaia River in Brazil's vast Amazon rainforest.(AP Photo/Nicole Dutra, Federal University of Amazonas)

Scientists say they have discovered the first new river dolphin species in nearly 100 years inhabiting the Araguaia River in Brazil's vast Amazon rainforest.

The discovery of the "Inia araguaiaensis" was officially announced earlier this week in a study posted online by the Plos One scientific journal.

Biologist Tomas Hrbek works at the Federal University of Amazonas in the city of Manaus and is the lead author of the study. He said the new species is the third found in the Amazon region.

Mr Hrbek said "it was an unexpected discovery that shows just how incipient our knowledge is of the region's biodiversity".

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