163 New and Mysterious Creatures and Plants Discovered in SE Asia
Can you believe that even though 1.5 million species are already known to exist in the world, scientists claim there may be as many as 8 million species? This means that 6.5 million species are still unknown.
The World Wildlife Fund reported that 163 new species were discovered in 2015 in the Greater Mekong region – nine amphibians, three mammals, 11 fish, 14 reptiles, and 126 plants.
The Phuket Horned Tree Agamid has dragon-like horns and was discovered in the jungles near Phuket, Thailand, a popular tourist area.
The Woolly-Headed Bat was found in the Central Highlands of Vietnam.
The tiny Klingon Newt, which measures only 6-7 cm long, has a dorsal ridge and unique red markings.
The Cave Gecko has pale blue spotted skin and was discovered in a remote area of Laos.
The Banana Pride of Nan is a rare species of banana found only in northern Thailand. Only two small populations of the species are known to exist.
The Greater Mekong region is one of the most ecologically diverse regions on the planet and formed by the Mekong River, 12th largest in the world, which makes its way from high on the Tibetan plateau through the mountains and jungles of Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, and Vietnam.
Unfortunately, illegal wildlife trading is rampant in the area and threatens all wildlife in the area. In addition, the area is under ongoing pressure for development.
Scientists are working hard to identify and categorize new species before they are destroyed by the advance of ‘civilization.’