Researchers have released the findings of a ten year study into the wildlife of the Greater Mekong River area in Southeast Asia — Over 1000 new species discovered!
Before you all break into a heated, name-calling brawl on whether these should actually be called “new species” or “species that are new to science” or “species that are new to ‘Western’ science”, allow Andrew and me to put the issue to rest: These species should be considered not only new species to science, but new species to humanity and to the world, as this is the first time that Western scientists, i.e. imporant people, have made their acquaintence. Hopefully, that fact will quell any fiery debate before it begins.
Here are some pics from the nationalgeographic.com article on the subject.
This adorable shocking pink, dragon millipede shoots cyanide at you when disturbed…true. Fun fact #2: If one of these attacks you in a dream, you will still bear the scars when you awake!
With a legspan of over 12 inches, this newly discovered Laotian Heteropoda maxima spider maybe the largest spider in the world. I’d like to wear one as a hat!
More below the fold…
Leptobrachium smithi, or Smith’s litter frog, found in Thailand. One of many, many, many new species of amphibians discovered in the area.
New bat. The Kachin woolly.
Another Laotian spider, the Pseudopoda confusa. Translated into English from Latin, its name means, “the bewildering fake container”…Makes sense.
Gumprecht’s green pit viper, awesome.