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« Reply #60 on: 28 September 2009, 14:59:32 »

And we thought we were so creative.... but you can't one-up Mother Nature...


"A gecko with leopard-like spots on its body and a fanged frog that eats birds are among 163 new species discovered last year in the Mekong River region of Southeast Asia, an environmental group said Friday.

WWF International said that scientists in 2008 discovered 100 plants, 28 fish, 18 reptiles, 14 amphibians, two mammals and one bird species in the region. That works out to be about three species a week and is in addition to the 1,000 new species catalogued there from 1997 to 2007, the group said.

"After millennia in hiding these species are now finally in the spotlight, and there are clearly more waiting to be discovered," said Stuart Chapman, director of the WWF Greater Mekong Program.

Researchers working for WWF warned that the effects of climate change, including an upsurge in droughts and floods, threaten the diverse habitat that supports these species. That is on top of traditional threats such as poaching, pollution and habitat destruction.

"Some species will be able to adapt to climate change, many will not, potentially resulting in massive extinctions," Chapman said in a statement. "Rare, endangered and endemic species like those newly discovered are especially vulnerable because climate change will further shrink their already restricted habitats."

Among the stars in the new list is a fanged frog in eastern Thailand. Given the scientific name Limnonectes megastomias, the frog lies in wait along streams for prey including birds and insects. Scientists believe it uses its fangs during combat with other males.
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« Reply #61 on: 28 September 2009, 23:21:26 »

I've read it in our local newspaper also, but couldn't find a notice on the net yet. I often say, that nature will aways beat us, let us be as creative as we try to be.

So don't fear to invent crazy beasts!  grin
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« Reply #62 on: 10 October 2009, 07:03:25 »

Not to sound impertinent, but this has been kicking around for about two weeks in what I'll call a "FUSDO" (finished until someone decides otherwise) state. What with the update coming, I figured I might as well making getting this off my plate and on site a priority for once.
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« Reply #63 on: 10 October 2009, 18:27:22 »

I'll put it up, Valan!  thumbup
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