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Thailand’s long list of native species is now officially a little bit longer. 

Jing Jok Niew Yao Hua Si Som (Cnemaspis huaseesom): Found in Kanchanaburi

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Unique finds

Thailand’s long list of native species is now officially a little bit longer.

Thailand Nature Explorer (TNE), a biodiversity and environmental preservation group, has just announced it has discovered 10 new species of geckos and lizards that are believed to exist nowhere else in the world.

The announcement has excited nature lovers, but TNE founder Non Phanitwong said he also had some serious worries

His group actually found the new species last year. They were introduced to the public yesterday amid concern that if the unique creatures are not put on the list of protected animals immediately, they could disappear.

''What is most worrying to us is that newly discovered species are not normally included on the list of protected species. This raises the fear the new species will be particularly prone to being caught and sold in markets,'' Mr Non said.

He called on the government to come up with a new legal mechanism that would see any newly discovered species promptly included on the protected animal list.

Tuk Kae Tham Hin Pun (Gekko lauhachindai): Found in several caves in Saraburi

The new species include several varieties of Thailand’s famous Jing Jok plus two varieties of the Tuk Kai and one new Tuk Kae.

Tuk Kai is in the same species as Tuk Kae but is smaller.

Adapted from a story in today’s Bangkok Post. For the full story, including more photos and a complete list of the new species, click here: http://bit.ly/h0apXe. For colourful, enlarged photos click here http://bit.ly/e50hRY.

unique – being the only one of its kind  ซึ่งเป็นหนึ่งเดียว
native – existing naturally in a place ตามธรรมชาติ
species – a set of animals or plants in which the members have similar characteristics to each other and can breed with each other พันธ์,จำพวก
biodiversity – the existence of a large number of different kinds of animals and plants which make a balanced environment การมีจำนวนสัตว์และพืชหลากหลายและจำนวนมาก
environment – the place in which people live and work, including all the physical conditions that affect them สภาพแวดล้อม, สิ่งแวดล้อม
preservation – keeping something as it is, especially in order to prevent it from being damaged or destroyed การสงวน
announce – to tell people something officially, especially about a decision, plans, etc  ประกาศ, แจ้ง, แจ้งให้ทราบ
discover – to be the first person to become aware that a particular place or thing exists  ค้นพบ
amid – at the same time as ท่ามกลาง
concern – a worry ความกังวล
creature – anything that lives except plants  สิ่งมีชีวิต (คน, สัตว์)
protect – to make sure that somebody/something is not harmed, injured, damaged, etc ป้องกัน,อารักขา,คุ้มกัน
immediately – happening right after something else with no delay; right away ทันที
prone to likely to experience a particular problem more often than is usual ที่มีแนวโน้ม
legal – relating to the law or lawyers เกี่ยวกับกฎหมาย
mechanism – a method or a system for achieving something กลไก, วิธีการทำงาน, วิธีการ
promptly – in an immediate or quick way ทันที
variety – a type of a thing, for example a plant or language, that is different from the others in the same general group ประเภท ชนิด หรือลักษณะ

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