NEW SPECIES FOUND: how amazing is this…

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
group warned.

“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.

Ying Yang Frog

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.

Fantastically Coloured Fish

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).

Two Legged Lizard

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.

Beezlebub Bat
The Beezlebub Bat
Bat from the underworld (Murina beelzebub). One of three new Murina bat species, discovered in Bac Huong Hoa Nature Reserve, Quang Tri Province, Vietnam. Murina beelzebub depends on tropical forest for survival – habitats facing severe
threats from human pressures.
Subterranean Blind Fish
The Subterranean Blind Fish
Subterranean blind fish (Bangana musaei). From the carp family of fish, and  measuring 7.7cm, this species was found in the Xe Bangfai catchment, a Mekong  tributary in central Laos that runs 7km underground through limestone karst. Bangana musaei was found in “Grotte des Nuages” and “Tham Pong” caves. Because  of its subterranean nature, this fish is totally blind.
Ruby Red Eye Pit Viper
The Ruby Red Eye Pit Viper Snake
Ruby-eyed pit viper (Trimeresurus rubeus). A new species of snake called the ruby-eyed green pit viper (Trimeresurus rubeus) has been discovered in forests near Ho Chi Minh City. Vietnam’s Cat Tien National Park is a stronghold for Trimeresurus rubeus, which inhabits a rather small geographic range, where pressures on forests are high.
Pygmy Python
The Pygmy Python Snake
Pygmy python (Python kyaiktiyo). This 1.5m-long python was found in a small dry streambed in the Kyaiktiyo Wildlife Sanctuary in Myanmar. Its mountainous habitat, straddling the Thai-Myanmar border, is known as the Dawna-TenasserimLandscape – one of the highest priority conservation areas for tigers and Asian elephants globally. Given the high value of pythons in the
international pet trade, and the beauty and rarity of this new species, Python  kyaiktiyo is very likely to be at immediate risk
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