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More than 200 new species discovered in the Mekong region

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Among these discoveries are a new primate, a colorless cave fish and an iridescent snake whose scales, astonishingly, do not overlap.

A total of 224 new species of plants and vertebrate animals have been recorded in the region – which includes Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam, says the World Wildlife Fund in his report New Species Discoveries.

Images of Popa’s Langur monkey, which takes its name from the extinct Mount Popa volcano in central Burma, were taken.

This primate is however threatened by hunting, logging and habitat loss. Estimates suggest that only 200-250 individuals remain in total.

In Vietnam, researchers have discovered, at more than 2000 meters above sea level, the horned frog of Mount Ky Quan San, with bright colors.

The Greater Mekong region is a hotspot for biodiversity, thanks to its varied landscapes: there are jungles, mountains and even karstic formations.

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It is home to some of the most impressive – and endangered – species in the world, including the tiger, the Asian elephant and the giant Mekong catfish.

the World Wildlife Fund points out that the rate at which new species are discovered – more than 3000 since 1997 – proves the importance of preserving the region’s fragile ecosystems.

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