Vietnam - Land of 11 new species

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

In the Thua Thien Hue province, in the tropical forests of the Annamites mountain range in central Vietnam - also known as the "Green Corridor" - where furry guys like this were found:

11 - and possibly more - new species were found.

From an AP article:

The new snake species, the white-lipped keelback, generally lives near streams and eats frogs and other small animals, the WWF said. It has a yellow-white stripe along its head, red dots on its body and can grow to more than 30 inches long.

The new butterfly species are among eight discovered in Thua Thien Hue since 1996. One is a "skipper," a butterfly that flies in a quick, darting motion.
From the Daily Green:
Proving that the natural world is still filled with life unknown to science, the WWF announced yesterday that it had discovered 11 new species in the remote the tropical forests of the Annamites Mountain Range in central Vietnam.

The species include two butterflies, five orchids and other plants and a snake that live no where else in the world but in the so-called Green Corridor of Thua Thien Hue Province.