163 New Species Found in Mekong Delta Area

September 29, 2009
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A bird-eating frog, Cat Ba leopard gecko and a Nonggang babbler, a bird that flies only when it is frightened are among dozens of new species discovered in an ecologically fragile part of Southeast Asia.

“The discoveries are among 163 new species found last year in the countries around the Mekong river — Cambodia, Laos & Vietnam, Burma, Thailand and the Yunnan province of China. More than 1,000 new species have been discovered in the area over the past decade, as scientists have begun to explore its remote and unique ecosystems.

"However, conservationists fear that the discoveries, many of which are unique to small areas of jungle, river or mountains, are under threat from destructive development and climate change."

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