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 Laotian rock rat
The Laotian rock rat (Laonastes Aenigmamus), shown here, was first encountered by scientists in 2005 on sale at an outdoor food market in Lao People's Democratic Republic (Lao PDR), according to the WWF. According to the WWF report, some of the richest habitats on the planet can be found in the Greater Mekong, an area comprising Cambodia, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam and Yunnan Province of the People's Republic of China. Over the past 10 years, plant, mammal, bird, amphibian and other species have been identified in the area. (Courtesy David Redfield/WWF)
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