From a devilish-looking bat to a frog that sings like a bird, scientists have identified 126 new species in the Greater Mekong area, But threats to the region’s biodiversity mean many of the new species are already struggling to survive, the conservation
“The good news is new discoveries. The bad news is that it is getting harder and harder in the world of conservation and environmental sustainability.
The Walking Catfish
Walking catfish’ (Clarias gracilentus). This species lives in freshwater streams on the island of Phu Quoc off the Mekong Delta province of Kien Giang. While it does not truly walk, Clarias gracilentus has the ability to use its pectoral fins to stay upright while it wiggles forward with snakelike movements.
The Sweet Singing Frog
Sweet singing frog (Gracixalus quangi). While most male frogs attract females with repetitive croaks, Quang’s tree frog spins a new tune each time. No two calls are the same, and each individual mixes clicks, whistles and chirps in a unique order. It was discovered in the high-altitude forests of northern Vietnam.
The Yin-Yang Frog
Yin-yang’ frog (Leptobrachium leucops). This new species of Leptobrachium was discovered in Bidoup-Nui Ba National Park on the Langbian plateau in southern Vietnam. Its striking black and white eyes are unique in the genus. Leptobrachium leucops measures between 3.8-4.5cm and is known only at elevations 1,558–1,900m above sea level in wet evergreen and cloud forest habitats.
The Fantastically Coloured Fish
Fantastically coloured fish (Borarus naevus). A dazzling new miniature fish was recently discovered 83km north of Surat Thani in southern Thailand. Measuring just 15 – 20mm, the species has been recorded at several spots within the lower
Tapi river catchment. The fish is named after the large blotch on its body (the Latin naevus means blemish).
The Two Legged Lizard
Two-legged lizard (Jarujinia bipedalis). This extraordinary two-legged skink was discovered in Suan Pung District, Ratchaburi Province in central Thailand. It is the first skink (and only the second species of terrestrial reptile in the world) to have forelimbs but no hind limbs.
threats from human pressures.
international pet trade, and the beauty and rarity of this new species, Python kyaiktiyo is very likely to be at immediate risk