December 14, 2011 12:29 PM | By Jason Buckland, MSN Tech & Gadgets
Southeast Asia’s unbelievable new species

New discoveries on the Mekong



The mighty Mekong, the world's 10th-longest river, runs through a region rich with new, exciting species never before seen by outsiders. (© Gordon Congdon photo)
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  • The mighty Mekong, the world's 10th-longest river, runs through a region rich with new, exciting species never before seen by outsiders. (© Gordon Congdon photo)
  • Self-cloning lizard (© L. Lee Grismer photo)
  • Newly-discovered frog (© Bryan Stuart photo)
  • snub-nosed monkey (© WWF photo)
  • Orchid (© Duong Toan photo)
  • psychedelic gecko (© L. Lee Grismer photo)
  • limestone leaf warbler (© Ulf Johansson photo)
  • carnivorous pitcher plants (© Francois Mey photo)
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Despite losing the Javan rhino for good - the armor-skinned mammal was recently confirmed extinct - Southeast Asia's Greater Mekong region continues to be a hotbed for wilderness exploration. Between 1997 and 2009, for instance, a whopping 1,376 new species were discovered inside the area, which spans Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam and parts of southwest China.

And 2010? It was no different. The latest World Wildlife Fund report from the Greater Mekong details the 208 new species found in the region last year, including a new monkey, self-cloning skink and several carnivorous plants. Click through to see the incredible pictures from the exploration.

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