The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) says more than 200 new species have been identified in the great Mekong Region River region of Southeast Asia.
According to WWF, on average, a new species is recorded every two days in the area, which includes parts of China, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam, bigpondnews reported.
The latest discoveries include an all-female lizard species that reproduces by self-cloning, brightly colored geckos bathed in orange, yellow, blue, and green markings, and a noseless monkey.
They add to the almost 1,400 new species identified in the same region between 1997 and 2009.
Scientists say the animals were found in a biodiverse region which is threatened by habitat loss, deforestation, climate change and overdevelopment.
The Mekong Region is considered to be home to some of the world’s most endangered species.
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