Research into the depths of the Suriname rainforest have yielded potentially 60 newly discovered species. Among the collection, scientists discovered six frogs and eleven fish that are believed to have been previously unknown. The rainforest is one of the most remote on Earth and is situated in the upper Palumeu River, near the Brazil border. The three week expedition has proved to be highly productive and it is expected that research will reconvene in this area.
Included among the (currently) new species, there was a brown tree frog, poison dart frog, a colorful tetra fish and 'an unusually pigmented catfish'. The cataloguing encompassed some 1,378 species and saw the scientists supported by a team of indigenous men. Suriname already has 10% of the country set aside for the Central Suriname Nature Reserve and these discoveries should heighten the need for conservation activities.
Although the water samples proved to be of a high quality, there were traces of mercury in parts. Illegal mining is thought to have been contributing to this as the element is used to 'separate gold from ore'.