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200 species of frogs found in Madagascar

A NEW study by scientists have found more than 200 new species of frogs in Madagascar, almost doubling the number of known amphibians in Madagascar.

The discovery shows an underestimation of the natural riches helping spawn a US$390-million-a-year tourism industry.

The world's fourth-largest island, known for its exotic creatures, is a biodiversity hot spot. More than 80 percent of the mammals in Madagascar are found nowhere else, while all but one of the 217 previously known species of amphibian are believed by scientists to be native.

The study, carried out by the Spanish Scientific Research Council, will be published in the May issue of the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.


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