A giant flying squirrel, a skydiving gecko and a leaf-nosed bat are among the array of new species discovered in the Greater Mekong region, #link:http://wwf.panda.org/what_we_do/where_we_work/greatermekong/news/?222670:the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF)# said on Thursday. In the organization’s new report, titled #link:http://awsassets.panda.org/downloads/greater_mekong_species_report_final.pdf:Mysterious Mekong#, scientists describe 290 plant species, 24 fish, 21 amphibians, 28 reptiles, three mammals and one bird formally discovered in 2012-13. The previously unknown creatures were found in the Greater Mekong region. The Mekong River flows from Southern China through Myanmar, Laos, Thailand and Cambodia before emptying out into the ocean off the coast of Vietnam. “These species discoveries affirm that the Greater Mekong is truly one of the world’s richest and most biologically diverse regions,” said WWF-Myanmar Conservation Programme Manager Michelle Owen. “The fact that 26 species were discovered in relatively unexplored Myanmar highlights the urgent need to invest in conservation and ensure biodiversity is considered as part of a sustainable and green development approach.” Among the species described in the report is a new species of huntsman spider (pictured above) discovered by Dr. Peter Jäger in a cave in Laos. It is the first spider of its kind in the world without any eyes – a trait… Read full this story
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