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New species in the Mekong

This “cricket chirping” frog was unknown to humans until last year – and even then it was almost overlooked as scientists exploring the Quang Nam Province of Vietnam were so convinced its faint rasping noise was coming from an insect.

 

The frog – which scientists suspect number only in the thousands – was one of 145 new species discovered in the Greater Mekong last year. And it is in good company: a seven-metre tall carnivorous plant and a largely translucent fish with vampire fangs are also among the newcomers.

This month, WWF released a report detailing the new findings, called “New Blood: Greater Mekong new species discoveries 2009”. It describes the species, from the Bare-faced bulbul – Asia’s only known bald songbird – to a new kind of sucker-fish, which uses moves upstream in fast flowing waters by using its body to sucker onto rocks.

While the report celebrates the rich biodiversity of the Mekong region, it also highlights its fragility. The lack of higher ground for species to migrate to in the region, for instance, will hinder the ability of lowland creatures to adapt to climate change – and many are likely to become extinct, it says.

As ministers discuss the future of species protection at the UN biodiversity summit in Nagoya, Stuart Chapman, conservation director of WWF Greater Mekong, said the new discoveries strengthened the argument for channelling finance into the region: “Biodiversity is not evenly distributed around the globe. These new species are a timely reminder of the extraordinary biodiversity in the Greater Mekong. Therefore, a greater allocation of funds is needed to ensure these valuable ecosystems are conserved.”
 

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jnthnschm

太惊讶了!

在如此小的一个区域、如此短的时间里,突然发现那么多的物种,我太惊讶了。这是一剂强心针 - 信息的迅猛刺激让我想起,即使面对栖息地被毁,地球还是有如此多的惊喜。我希望未来也能这样。

图片非常漂亮。

Amazing!

I am astounded that so many new species can be discovered in a relatively small area in a short amount of time. It is a shot in the arm-a quick jolt of information that makes me remember that, even in the face habitat destruction, et al, that earth still has abundant surprises. I hope it can for the future, too...

Also, the pictures were a good touch.

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gaidee

新物种

没有新物种,不过你以前不知道而已。新,表示人类的好奇心;也是这种好奇心,总是让我们发现我们原来还是那么傻。

New species

There are no new species, you just didn't know about them before. New, represents humans curiosity, it is also this curiosity that constantly lets us see how foolish we are.

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gaidee

人和鱼

人生活在空气中,感觉不到空气;鱼活在水中,感觉不到水。人和鱼很像,我们感觉不到我们依赖的是什么,还沾沾自喜,只为找到一个比自己还稀、还脆弱的东西。我们都搞不清那一层5公分的泥巴呢。

People and Fish

People living in the midst of air are unable to 'feel' the air. Fish living in water are unable to 'feel' the water. In this respect, people and fish are quite similar: we are both unable to 'feel' what it is that we rely so heavily upon. There is complacency only until we find something weaker than ourselves. None of us are clear about a 5 gram hunk of mud.
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