The new species included nine amphibians, 11 fish, 14 reptiles, 126 plant species and three mammals. According to the report, since 1997 scientists have cataloged 2,409 new species in the complex of jungles, tributaries, and wetlands around the Mekong, which winds through southeast Asia, passing through a range of countries including Laos, Cambodia, Thailand and Vietnam.
“The Greater Mekong region keeps reminding us that there are many incredible, unexplored areas, leading to new discoveries happening every year and it is crucial that we protect them before they are lost,” Jimmy Borah, the WWF’s Wildlife Program Manager in the Mekong region, tells Amy Sawitta Lefevre at Reuters.
Wednesday, December 21, 2016
New Critters From The Mekong