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New Species Discoveries in the Greater Mekong Region 2021 & 2022
An extraordinary 380 new species of vascular plants and vertebrate animals were discovered in the Greater Mekong region in 2021 and 2022.
© Nguyen Thien Tao
The Greater Mekong is home to some of the planet's most iconic and endangered species. New species are discovered here with remarkable frequency - over 3,300 since 1997.
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The last two years revealed amazing new species: a colour-changing lizard, a thick-thumbed bat, a poisonous “Goddess” snake, an orchid that looks like a muppet, and a tree frog with skin like moss.
© Keooudone Souvannakhoummane
380 new species of plants and vertebrates were described in the five countries of the Greater Mekong in 2021 and 2022.