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Countries with the Most Species

Name the countries which harbour the highest numbers of recorded species of mammals, birds, amphibians, reptiles and vascular plants.
According to the UN World Conservation Monitoring Centre, 2004 via mongabay.com
Quiz by PsychoGunnar
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First submittedApril 13, 2014
Last updatedJanuary 27, 2016
Times taken31,500
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# Species
Country
59,851
Brazil
54,649
Colombia
34,687
China
32,680
Indonesia
28,836
Mexico
25,052
South Africa
23,429
Venezuela
# Species
Country
22,065
Ecuador
21,474
United States
21,020
India
20,081
Peru
19,561
Bolivia
17,974
Australia
17,171
Malaysia
# Species
Country
13,630
Costa Rica
13,340
Thailand
13,115
Papua New Guinea
13,107
Dem. Rep. of the Congo
12,468
Russia
12,034
Vietnam
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level 76
May 19, 2014
This is basically the same as that "Mega Diverse" countries quiz featured a while back, except I think this one is longer, allowing Russia and Vietnam to show up which I don't think were on the other list, Costa Rica is ranked higher, and I think New Guinea is ranked lower..
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level ∞
May 19, 2014
Haha. You caught me.
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level 76
May 19, 2014
sometimes my memory works
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level 53
Apr 17, 2015
I'm kicking myself now; I just did the megadiverse quiz about half an hour ago, knew that it would be much the same, and yet I missed a country on it when doing this
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level 66
Jul 15, 2019
I made a slightly different quiz about endemic species (species that only live in a particular country). here
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level 65
May 19, 2014
Expected to see Costa Rica ranked higher on the list...
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level 53
May 19, 2014
Costa Rica is minuscule compared to the other listed countries. It might be much higher if they were ranked by species per square mile, or something.
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level 76
May 20, 2014
yes. The fact it shows up at all is very impressive.
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level 34
Jun 7, 2014
I guess it has to do with the Smithsonian research station that they have there - it is probably not very different from other Central American countries, but with more researchers to look for the species you will get a longer list...
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level 60
May 20, 2014
Only forgot Papua New Guinea.
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level 61
Sep 17, 2016
Only forgot Congo.
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level 39
Jun 2, 2017
I forgot just both of those.
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level 56
May 21, 2014
would've had 100% but I spelt 'papua new guinea' wrong...
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level 72
Jul 31, 2018
For future reference, typing PNG also works.
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level 57
Jul 4, 2019
And new guinea
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level 45
Sep 25, 2014
100% with 1:43 to spare! :)
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level 22
Sep 15, 2015
just name most rainforest covered countries and you'll get most of them right
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level 58
Jan 26, 2016
Why aren't the names PRC or PNG accepted?
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level ∞
Jan 27, 2016
Those will work now
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level 49
Feb 15, 2016
100% with only 10 seconds to spare!
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level 44
Mar 11, 2016
I was just thinking Jungle and lagre land areas. So i missed South Africa, because I forgot there is alot of forrest in South Africa. I was just thinking is was too dry.. im stupid some times
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level 75
Sep 19, 2016
I guess that makes me stupid, too. It was the only one i missed for the same reason.
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level 69
Aug 16, 2016
Kinda surprised to see Russia on this list, notwithstanding its size. Especially when you consider the DRC with the bulk of the Congo rain forest (and while nowhere near Russia-sized, not a small country) is immediately above it. For those surprised about Costa Rica standing alone amongst Central American nations, my (not at all researched) understanding was that Costa Rica had considerably more jungle than other Central American countries and this quiz would seem to confirm that. I might actually go away now and read up on it. My other observation is that South America does particularly well here - less than 10% of the world's countries, but almost a third of this list.
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level 51
Sep 17, 2016
Expected the DRC higher up there indeed, interesting.
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level 48
Jul 13, 2019
DRC's ecosystems are probably less mapped (vascular plants in particular).
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level 49
Jul 13, 2019
Costa Rica has 11 different eco systems.
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level 67
Sep 19, 2016
Surprised there is no Madagascar...
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level 53
Feb 26, 2018
Agreed, seems hard to believe.
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level 55
Nov 15, 2018
Yeah
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level 43
Jul 13, 2019
You can't rely on cartoons for correct info on world biology
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level 69
Jul 13, 2019
Madagascar would probably rank high on a "Countries with Most Unique Species" Quiz, but this one is a tad different.
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level 72
Sep 20, 2016
Cracking effort from Ecuador, PNG and Costa Rica
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level 53
Feb 26, 2018
I'm surprised not to see Panama and Madagascar on here.
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level 55
Nov 15, 2018
22 seconds left
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level 34
Jul 13, 2019
15, hmmm.