Peru's Eden of biodiversity

An "Inhua" (Polylepis rodolfo-vasquezii) plant.
An "Inhua" (Polylepis rodolfo-vasquezii) plant.PHOTOS: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE
A "Rana de Chaparro" (Phrynopus chaparroi) frog.
A "Rana de Chaparro" (Phrynopus chaparroi) frog.PHOTOS: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE
Clockwise from above: An "Inhua" (Polylepis rodolfo-vasquezii) plant, a "Rana de Chaparro" (Phrynopus chaparroi) frog and a "Lagartija reticulada del Mantaro" (Ameiva reticulada) lizard are among 150 new species of plants and animals discovered in Pe
A "Lagartija reticulada del Mantaro" (Ameiva reticulada) lizard.PHOTOS: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

An "Inhua" (Polylepis rodolfo-vasquezii) plant, a "Rana de Chaparro" (Phrynopus chaparroi) frog and a "Lagartija reticulada del Mantaro" (Ameiva reticulada) lizard are among 150 new species of plants and animals discovered in Peru, according to the state-run National Forest and Wildlife Service (Serfor).

With the findings, recognised by the international scientific community and published last year, the South American country has retained its status as a virtually inexhaustible biodiversity reserve.

The new discoveries include 71 plants, 33 terrestrial animals, six types of freshwater fish, and new types of saltwater fish and insects, among others, said Serfor's Knowledge Management Division chief Jessica Amanzo Alcantara.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 24, 2016, with the headline 'Peru's Eden of biodiversity'. Print Edition | Subscribe