Amazon Rainforest Facts

On this page are some interesting Amazon rainforest facts.

* Amazon rainforests are the largest rainforests in the world.

* They cover six million square kilometers of land.

* There are 50-200 different tree species per hectare in Amazon.

* The total number of tree species is estimated to be 2500.

* The total number of plant species is estimated to be 40,000.

* There are 2.5 million species of insects in Amazon.

Leaf-Cutter Ants near Sao Gabriel, Amazon River Basin, Brazil
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* There are 7500 species of butterflies.

* 50 species of ants have been found in one single tree.

* One in five of all the world's bird species live in Amazon.

* They contain 30% of all the flora and fauna in the world.

* The Amazon Basin contains one fifth of the world's fresh water.

* Amazon River flows through nine countries.

* Amazon River has 1100 tributaries, 17 of which are more than 1600km long.

* More fish species can be found in a single pond in Amazon than in all European rivers together

* Pirarucu - the world's largest freshwater fish - is found in Amazon. It can grow 2.5m long and weigh 250kg

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