April 2, 2023

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More than 200 new species have been discovered in the Mekong area, the WWF said

More than 200 new species have been discovered in the Mekong area, the WWF said

Bangkok | Despite global warming and logging, scientists have discovered more than 200 new species in the Greater Mekong region by 2020, according to the World Wildlife Fund (WWF).

These inventions include the new primate, the colorless cave fish, and an iridescent snake whose scales are surprisingly non-overlapping.

A total of 224 new species of vertebrates and animals have been recorded in the region – including Burma, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam – according to the WWF in its ‘New Species Discoveries’ report.

Popas Langur monkey pictures taken from the extinct Mount Popa volcano in central Burma.

However this primate is threatened by poaching, logging and habitat loss. Estimates suggest that only 200-250 people remain in total.

In Vietnam, researchers discovered the horned frog of Mount Kai Kwan Shan at an altitude of more than 2000 meters with bright colors.

The Greater Mekong region is the highest point of biodiversity, thanks to its diverse landscapes: forests, mountains or even karstic structures.

It is home to some of the world’s most endangered and endangered species, including the tiger, the Asian elephant and the giant mekong catfish.

The rate at which WWF new species are discovered – more than 3,000 since 1997 – demonstrates the importance of conserving the region’s fragile ecosystems.

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