Reading Comprehension: New Species Posted by on Jul 28, 2010 in Learning

Let’s test your Portuguese skills by reading this article about finding new species in the Amazon.

Expedição encontra espécies novas de insetos na Amazônia

“Após uma expedição realizada em junho na selva amazônica, pesquisadores voltaram à cidade com pelo menos 65 espécies de insetos que nunca haviam sido vistas na natureza. A estimativa inicial representa apenas uma pequena parcela do que ainda pode ser descoberto entre os mais de 100 mil indivíduos resgatados durante a viagem, já que a análise e a catalogação das espécies podem levar anos e o setor carece de especialistas.”

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1. How many new species of insects were discovered?

2. How many specimens did the researchers collect?

3. What is a louva-a-deus? What does louvar a Deus literally mean?

4. How long did the expedition last?

5. What happened during the scientists’ 2009 expedition?


1. 65

2. 100,000

3. Praying mantis; to pray to god

4. 20 days

5. Their boat sank at the beginning of the trip and they had to be rescued.

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