© Reuters. A view of the waterfall in the high Bolivian Andes, where new species have been revealed to science, can be seen in Zongo
LA PAZ (Reuters) – A scientific expedition high in the Bolivian Andes revealed 20 species that are new to science, including "Lilliputian frog" and four rediscovered species including the "devil-eye frog," previously believed to be extinct, Conservation International said .
The expedition was led by the environmental group and the government of the capital La Paz. Among them were 17 scientists who went to Chawi Grande, a place belonging to the Huaylipaya indigenous community near La Paz.
"The remarkable rediscovery of species that were once thought to be extinct, particularly near the city of La Paz, shows how sustainable development that includes nature conservation can ensure long-term protection of biodiversity," Conservation International said in a statement .
The Lilliputian frog is only about 10 millimeters long, making it one of the smallest amphibians in the world.
"Because of their small size and habit of living in tunnels under the thick layers of moss in the cloud forest, they were difficult to find even by tracking their frequent calls," the environmental group said.
Four new species of butterflies have also been discovered, including two types of "metal pith butterflies" that feed on flower nectar in open areas and forest clearings.
The "devil-eyed frog, previously known to only one individual observed more than 20 years ago, was relatively common in the cloud forest," the group said.
Previous expeditions trying to find this black frog with red eyes ended empty-handed.
The "Alzatea verticillata" was also rediscovered, a small flowering tree that was previously only known from a single record in Bolivia and was found after 127 years on this expedition.
"Numerous expeditions have been undertaken in Bolivia over the years to find this mysterious tree. All of them have failed so far," said Conservation International.
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