99 new species found in Vietnam

Between 2012 and 2013, 99 new species were discovered in Vietnam, according to a WWF report released last week. Nearly all of these creatures were found in or around t,he Mekong Delta region, though several species also came from as far as Ha Nam province near Hanoi or as close as a few dozen kilometres from Saigon. New species include Helen’s flying frog, a gliding tree frog, the Griffin leaf-nosed bat, whose strange nose may help the animal with echolocation, the leopard gecko found on Cat Ba Island, and the penis-head fish, whose genitalia is located beneath its chin. Dr. Thomas Gray, manager of the WWF Greater Mekong’s Species Program, said that these discoveries “affirm the Greater Mekong as one of the world’s richest and most biodiverse regions.”


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