Sunday, December 21, 2008

Thousands of new species around Mekong

Swedish newspaper Svenska Dagbladet reports that 1068 new animal and plant species have been found around the Mekong River during the period 1997-2007. 519 plants, 279 fishes, 88 frogs, 88 spiders, 46 lizzards, 22 snakes, 15 mammals, 4 birds, 4 turtles, 2 salamanders and a toad. Stuart Chapman, Director of WWF’s Greater Mekong programme, sais they thought "discoveries of this scale were confined to the history books". WWF is now desiderating an agreement between the six Mekong countries governments.

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