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01 October 2009 :: 14:10:26 pm 27012

Some New Found Mekong Species Resemble Aliens Wwf Reports

October 1, Bangkok, [PDN]: 163 new species were found in the jungles and rivers of the Greater Mekong region of Southeast Asia in 2008, according to a Close Encounters, a new report published by World Wildlife Fund (WWF).
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The new species, consisting of 100 plants, 28 fish, 18 reptiles, 14 amphibians, two mammals and a bird, were all discovered in 2008 within the Greater Mekong region bordering on Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam and the South-Western Chinese province of Yunnan.

“These species have been in hiding for millennia and it?s finally their turn in the spotlight,” Dekila Chungyalpa, Director of WWF?s Greater Mekong Program remarked. Some of the species are apparently more resemblant of alien species from another planet. There is, for instance a bird-eating fanged frog, with exceptionally large mouths and powerful jaws, which lies submerged in streams from where it launches itself upon its victim, which can be other frogs, insects and even birds. The Nonggang Babbler, prefers to walk, rather than fly, which it only does in emergencies. Then there?s the gecko that might as well be from another planet because of its alien features, which was discovered by accident when researchers were looking for a tiger-striped pit viper. When eventually both were found, they proved to be previously unknown species.

The problem is that no sooner have they been found than they might all disappear again; truly extinct this time, victims of environmental degradation, provoked by climate change. The climate of the Greater Mekong region is already on the change recent studies show. Rising seas and saltwater intrusion will cause major coastal impacts, especially in the Mekong River delta, one of the three most vulnerable deltas on Earth, according to the most recent International Panel on Climate Change report. “Some of these new species may be able to adapt to climate change but many will not, which could result in massive extinctions,” Dekila Chungyalpa asserts.

One of these rare species only hopes is that a new global climate treaty will be thrashed out by delegates at the UN climate change talks in Bangkok, soon, or, failing that, the Copenhagen Climate Summit in December.

Reporter : PDN staff   Photo : Internet   Category : World News

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