New species, old threats to Mekong
- Published: 18 Dec 2012 at 15.06
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Hanoi -- From a devilish-looking bat to a frog that sings like a bird, scientists have identified 126 new species in the Greater Mekong area, the World Wild Fund for Nature(WWF) said Tuesday in a new report detailing discoveries in 2011.
But from forest loss to the construction of major hydropower projects on the Mekong River, existing threats to the region's biodiversity mean many of the new species are already struggling to survive, the conservation group warned.
A new miniature fish was recently discovered in Surat Thani province. The species has been recorded at several sports within the lower Tapi river catchment. (Photo by AFP/WWF/Peter Maguire)
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