Rainbow Snake Among 163 New Species Discovered In Greater Mekong

Posted: Dec 19 2016, 7:51am CST | by , in News | Latest Science News

 

Rainbow Snake Among 163 New Species Discovered in Greater Mekong
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  • Many Novel Species found in Mekong Region
 

Many novel species have been found in the Mekong region. They include in their ranks a rainbow snake and a small frog as well.

A rainbow snake, small frog and lizard with dragon-like horns are a part of the 150 species found by scientists in 2015. They have been spotted in the diversity-laden yet endangered Mekong region.

Going through the Tibetan plateau, mountains and jungles of Southeast Asia, the Mekong river holds the key to the greatest biodiversity on earth. Annually, scientists make announcements regarding new species found in this region. 

The identification process and overall labeling takes a long time. We still have a lot to learn about this region. There is always the issue of many of these species dying in the mean time.

The area they belong to does not have many strict laws concerning wildlife conservation. The Greater Mekong region is a wildlife conservationist’s dream come true though.

Biodiversity knows no bounds here. There thus has begun a race against time to discover the new species before they die out. This region includes in its purview: China, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and Myanmar.

Such man-made activities as road building and dam construction are taking place here unimpeded. This spells doom and disaster for the wildlife.  

Many people who collect the wildlife tend to pay thousands of dollars for the sake of owning them. These rare, singular and endangered species thus are sold illegally to these people.

Last year, there were a total of 163 new species. These included: nine amphibians, three mammals, 11 fish, 14 reptiles and 126 plants. The most beautiful of species was the parafimbrios lao or rainbow snake.

Also on the Thai island of Phuket, a rare lizard was discovered which had horns on its head and back. A newt with red and black markings was also found. Several of these species are a natural heritage. They ought to be given protection.

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