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65 new species are discovered in Vietnam
In which 115 new species discovered in the Greater Mekong Subregion, Vietnam has 65 species, Thailand has 33 species, Myanmar 5 species, Laos 15 species, Cambodia 7 species.


Vietnamese crocodile lizard.

The exotic species compiled by WWF from  hundred studies of leading scientists in the world, published December 19 in Thailand, showed that 11 species of amphibians, two species of fishes, 11 species of reptiles, 88 species of plants and three mammal species were discovered last year in Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, Myanmar and Vietnam.

In which 115 species, including one of the beautifully colored frogs found in Vietnam's limestone mountains, two mole-rats were discovered by a group of Russian-Vietnamese scientists, and one species fishes in Cambodia have long stalks and bony stripes. These findings raise the total number of species found in the area, including plants, birds, mammals, reptiles, fish and amphibians, from 1997 to 2016, totaling 2,524 species.

Mr. Stuart Chapman, representative of WWF Greater Mekong said "More than two new species have been discovered every week, and more than 2,500 species in the last 20 years have shown the particular importance of the subregion Mekong extends to global biodiversity. And despite the region is facing a number of threats, these findings add to the hope that species from large tigers to small turtles will have the potential to survive”.

Kim Xuyen
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