Dec 17, 2008

Mekong Delta: Treasure Trove of Species

Over the past decade, biologists have been exhaustively searching throughout the Mekon Delta region of Southeast Asia, and have been finding undocumented species by the hundreds! Well over a thousand species new to science have been found. Some of these are very odd indeed, and some were thought long-extinct, like the Laotian Rock Rat pictured below which was believed extinct for the past 11 million years!
Here are a few of the new species. The pink millipede is called the Dragon Millipede, and produces vast amounts of cyanide.

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