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Surprising Biodiversity Of The Greater Mekong Delta

Surprising Biodiversity Of The Greater Mekong Delta

22nd December 2008

A Fish
 
 
Mekong River

Mekong River
 
With so many animal species on the brink of extinction, it is always positive and exciting when new species of animals are discovered including 279 fish, 88 frogs, 88 spiders, 46 lizards, 22 snakes, 15 mammals, 4 birds, 4 turtles, 2 salamanders and a toad.

The Mekong River in South East Asia is the 12th longest river in the world and flows from Tibet through China, Myanmar, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam draining the surrounding land which covers enough ground to fit the whole of the United Kingdom into 2.5 times!

A Rat

A Rat
 
 
In the decade from 1997 - 2007 over 500 new species of animal were identified in this region including the Laotian rock rat that was thought to have become extinct 11 million years ago, and was recently spotted by scientists in a local food market in Laos.

If you would like to learn more about the new species of animal found in the Greater Mekong Delta area then please see: