September 29, 2009

New Species Discovered in the Mekong Delta by the WWF

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Among the new species discovered by the World Wildlife Federation (WWF) in the Mekong River region are a fanged frog, leopard striped gecko, a tube nosed bat, and the Nonggang babbler. All of these species are potentially threatened by climate change. Stuart Chapman, director of the WWF Greater Mekong Programme, explains:

After millennia in hiding, these species are now finally in the spotlight, and there are clearly more waiting to be discovered. Some species will be able to adapt to climate change, many will not, potentially resulting in massive extinctions. Rare, endangered and endemic species like those newly discovered are especially vulnerable because climate change will further shrink their already restricted habitats.

The Guardian points out that just as we have learned about these species existence, there very survival is threatened by climate change.

Photograph: Thomas Ziegler/WWF/EPA

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Posted by Jennifer Lance at September 29, 2009 1:45 AM

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