115 New Species Discovered in Greater Mekong Region, Including Cambodia

AKP Phnom Penh, One hundred and fifteen (115) new species have been discovered by scientists in the Greater Mekong region, including Cambodia, in 2016, said World Wildlife Fund for Nature (WWF) in a recent report.

Of the species, there are 11 amphibians, two fish, 11 reptiles, 88 plants and three mammals, pointed out the same source, adding that they have been found in Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam.

According to the report, the discoveries also include a loach (fish species) from Cambodia with striking black and brown stripes on its elongated body.

The Greater Mekong is home to some of the planet's most endangered wild species, including the tiger, saola, Asian elephant, Mekong dolphin and Mekong giant catfish. A total 2,409 new species of plants, birds, mammals, fish, amphibians and reptiles have been discovered in the Greater Mekong since 1997.

Source: Agency Kampuchea Press