- A Vietnamese crocodile tail lizard that looks like a cartoon character, a horseshoe bat that would not be out of place in a Star Wars film and a carnivorous freshwater turtle. That is how the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) describes three striking animals where humans only just know their existence. The discoveries, all done in Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, Thailand and Myanmar, are bundled in the report 'Stranger Species'.
The year 2016 has been a fruitful year according to the nature organization. In that year, scientists discovered a total of 115 special new animal and plant species in the Asian countries, also known as the Mekong region. It involves three new mammal species, eleven reptiles, eleven amphibians, two fish species and 88 plant species.
The highlights from the report:
1. The Vietnamese crocodile lizard (Latin name: Shinisaurus crocodilurus vietnamensis).