New species of Amazon anaconda, world's largest snake, discovered

March 02, 2024

Researchers in the Amazon have discovered the world's largest snake species - an enormous green anaconda - in Ecuador's rainforest that split off from its closest relatives 10 million years ago though they still nearly look identical to this day. It was thought that there was only one species of green anaconda in the wild, the Eunectes murinus, but the scientific journal Diversity this month revealed that the new "northern green anaconda" belongs to a different, new species, Eunectes akiyama. "But the really amazing part was, despite this genetic difference, and despite their long period of divergence, the two animals are completely identical," he said. Although green anaconda snakes are very similar visually, there is a genetic difference of 5.5%, which surprised the scientists. "Which is an incredible amount of genetic difference, particularly when you put it in the context that we're only 2% different from chimpanzees," Fry said.

The source of this news is from Tuoi Tre News

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