Researchers in the Greater Mekong region have made remarkable discoveries in recent years, uncovering a wealth of new species, which includes a thick-thumbed bat; a new poisonous krait named after a snake goddess from Chinese mythology; a gecko discovered near Vientiane capital; a cutthroat eel, only the third of its species described in its genus; and a ginger-like plant dispersed by ants. Through their exploration of remote habitats and examination of preserved specimens, they have revealed a dazzling array of life forms. These discoveries, documented since 1997, have brought the total number of documented species in the region to an astounding 3,389. Specific to Laos, 40 and 13 new species of vascular plants and vertebrate animals were discovered in 2021 and 2022 respectively.
The annual discovery of new species in the Greater Mekong region not only underscores the significance of preserving its natural ecosystems but also reflects the unwavering dedication of biological explorers. It serves as a powerful reminder of the urgent need to protect both species and habitats. Without substantial conservation measures, we risk losing the invaluable biodiversity that sets our region apart. However, through collaborative efforts involving governments, scientists, NGOs, and local communities, we have the power to safeguard these incredible new species.
The report documents the work of hundreds of scientists from universities, conservation organizations and research institutes around the world who discovered 290 plants, 19 fishes, 24 amphibians, 46 reptiles and one mammal in Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Viet Nam.
NEW SPECIES DISCOVERIES IN THE GREATER MEKONG, 2021 & 2022
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