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Laotian Rock Rat



Dragon Milipide




Huntsman spider



BANGKOK (AFP) – Scientists have discovered more than 1,000 species in Southeast Asia's Greater Mekong region in the past decade, including a spider as big as a dinner plate, the World Wildlife Fund said Monday.

A rat thought to have become extinct 11 million years ago and a cyanide-laced, shocking pink millipede were among creatures found in what the group called a "biological treasure trove".

The species were all found in the rainforests and wetlands along the Mekong River, which flows through Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam and the southern Chinese province of Yunnan.

"It doesn't get any better than this," Stuart Chapman, director of WWF's Greater Mekong Programme, was quoted as saying in a statement by the group.

"We thought discoveries of this scale were confined to the history books."

The WWF report, "First Contact in the Greater Mekong", said that "between 1997 and 2007, at least 1,068 have been officially described by science as being newly discovered species."

These included the world's largest huntsman spider, with a leg span of 30 centimetres (11.8 inches), and the "startlingly" coloured "dragon millipede", which produces the deadly compound cyanide.

Not all species were found hiding in remote jungles -- the Laotian rock rat, which the study said was thought to be extinct about 11 million years ago, was first encountered by scientists in a local food market in 2005, it said.

One species of pitviper was first noted by scientists after it was found in the rafters of a restaurant at the headquarters of Thailand's Khao Yai national park in 2001.

"This region is like what I read about as a child in the stories of Charles Darwin," said Dr Thomas Ziegler, curator at the Cologne Zoo, who was involved in the research.

"It is a great feeling being in an unexplored area and to document its biodiversity for the first time both enigmatic and beautiful," he said.

The new species highlighted in the report include 519 plants, 279 fish, 88 frogs, 88 spiders, 46 lizards, 22 snakes, 15 mammals, four birds, four turtles, two salamanders and a toad -- an average of two previously undiscovered species a week for the past 10 years.

The report warned, however, that many of the species could be at risk from development, and called for a cross-border agreement between the countries in the Greater Mekong area to protect it.


http://www.inquisitr.com/12068/greater-mekong-new-species-heteropoda-maxima/

^^^There's a video in the link of the rat walking through a boulder
#3
Holy crap, they are extremely cool.

EDIT: Wait, a cyanide-laced millipede. That is ****ing AWESOME.
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#4
That dragon millipide is scary.
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#5
that milipede is actually pretty kick ass -.-
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"It doesn't get any better than this," Stuart Chapman, director of WWF's Greater Mekong Programme, was quoted as saying in a statement by the group.


Stone Cold was better.

I don't like that millipede. I don't trust anything that I don't know which end it's face is.
#8
ive heard of the huntsman spider before i think...
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Stone Cold was better.

I don't like that millipede. I don't trust anything that I don't know which end it's face is.

I never trusted your mum much either.
#10
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#12
It's the Mekong. And most of the "new species" are just thought to have been extinct for thousands or millions of years, not new.

Nonetheless remarkable.
#15
Thank god, i was getting super bored of beef and pork.
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Rock Rat.

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nice discovery, sir.


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#19
That millipede looks like it could stab an entire family, at once.


That rat on the other hand is extremely cute <3
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#20
Dunno but what i do know is that they still havn't catched Pedobear, Wich they where secretly looking for <.< , >.> , ^.^
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Rock Rat.

Hijack; this is now a photoshop thread.
#22
Like I didn't have enough **** to be terrified of already.
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#23
Look it's not a bad creature It's Actuall SMILING !!!

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Rock Rat.



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#26
Well them animals are screwed now...
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SNAKE SNAKE oh SNAAAAAAAAAAAAAKKKKKKKEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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#28
Seeing as it runs through Vietnam, how many soldiers do you think had contact with these?

Or is my Vietnam History completely off
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Dragon Millipede



These included the world's largest huntsman spider, with a leg span of 30 centimetres (11.8 inches), and the "startlingly" coloured "dragon millipede", which produces the deadly compound cyanide.




Most millipedes secrete Hydrogen Cyanide (HCN), which breaks down to form Cyanide (CN). They've exaggerated it, because it is nowhere near enough to kill humans, just ants and insects.
#30
Funny how we want to see what's in space and we don't even know half of species here on earth, specially underwater.
#31
I think that the millipede looks pretty cool actually...
And that huntsman spider has a ****ing mustache, im not sure if that make it more intimidating or not...
#33
That millipede would have only been cooler if it shot napalm out of it's arse.

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I think that the millipede looks pretty cool actually...
And that huntsman spider has a ****ing mustache, im not sure if that make it more intimidating or not...


Moustaches = Sex

So the spider is either:

Gay
A Porn Star
A Gritty 70's Police Detective
The Reincarnation of Joseph Stalin
#35
Awesome!

I love how animals who have been isolated for millions of years look in relation to ones we see everyday.
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That millipede would have only been cooler if it shot napalm out of it's arse.


Moustaches = Sex

So the spider is either:

Gay
A Porn Star
A Gritty 70's Police Detective
The Reincarnation of Joseph Stalin


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Rock Rat.

yes.
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Awesome!

I love how animals who have been isolated for millions of years look in relation to ones we see everyday.



Was that a diss on Darwin?
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