Goldmine of New Species Discovered in Southeast Asia

More than 1,000 new species are discovered in the Mekong region.

Goldmine of New Species Discovered in Southeast Asia

New Species Mekong dragon millipede
New Species Mekong Laotian rock rat
New Species Mekong Aeschynanthus mendumiae
New Species Mekong Heteropoda maxima
New Species Mekong Amphiesma leucomystax
New Species Mekong Gumprechts green pitviper
New Species Mekong Heteropoda dagmarae
New Species Mekong
New Species Mekong Theloderma licin
New Species Mekong Annamite striped rabbit
New Species Mekong Chiromantis samkosensis
New Species Mekong dragon millipede
The "dragon millipede" (pictured here) is one of more than 1,000 new species discovered around the Mekong River in Southeast Asia over the last 10 years. Scientists suggest the millipede uses its bright color to warn predators of its toxicity. According to a new report by conservation group World Wildlife Fund (WWF), between 1997 and 2007, at least 1,068 new species have been discovered in the Greater Mekong, at a rate of approximately two new species a week. (Courtesy Somsak Panha/WWF )
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