Science Now! World Wrestling Federation discovers horrifying new species in Mekong region


Conservation group WWF says that more than 1,000 species new to science have been recorded in South-East Asia’s Greater Mekong region over the past decade.

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The “dragon millipede” (Desmoxytes purpurosea) was first described in 2007 by scientists in Thailand. Researchers suggest the bright colouring acts as a warning to would-be predators, as the millipede has glands that produce cyanide as a defence mechanism.

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The Laotian rock rat (Laonastes aenigmamus) was first recorded by scientists at a food market in Laos. Remarkably, researchers say this species is the sole survivor of an ancient group of rodents understood to have died out 11 million years ago.

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The large and aggressive Heteropoda dagmarae was found in forests of northern and central Laos. The nocturnal spider skillfully ambushes its prey from shrubs, trees, or bamboo between two and four metres from the ground.

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Tree frog Chiromantis samkosensis, found in Cambodia, has a number of unique characteristics that distinguishes it from other Asian Chiromantis species, including green blood and turquoise bones.

from: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/in_pictures/7780514.stm

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2 Responses to “Science Now! World Wrestling Federation discovers horrifying new species in Mekong region”

  1. Macho Man Randy Savage Says:

    We at the World Wrestling Federation also discovered this as yet unidentified member of the friend group:

  2. Thor Thorson Says:

    Man that looks monkey looks like Catapult Destroyer and my love child! Noooooooo shiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiittttttttttt.

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