A BLIND huntsman spider, the first of its kind in the world which has no eyes, was found in Laos recently. Since the spider’s habitat is without daylight, it has evolved into an eyeless creature, according to scientists.—AP
A GIANT green flying frog, found just 100 kilometrs from Ho Chi Minh City. It glides between treetops using its large, webbed hands and feet.—AP
Dozens of new flora, fauna species in Myanmar
YANGON: A dragon fish with intricate, maze-like markings on every scale, a frog with rough, chocolate-colored skin and a ginger plant are among more than two dozen flora and fauna species found in Myanmar since it emerged from a half-century of military rule and isolation.
The 26 plants and animals newly identified in Myanmar include a species of dragon fish, which are hugely popular in the Asian aquatic world. The so-called “scribbled arowana,” is creating a buzz on the aquarium fish blogo-sphere because of its unheard-of complex, maze-like markings on every individual
Previously unidentified by scientists, a ginger plant collected from a single region in the cloud forests of the western state of Rakhine had been hiding in plain sight at local markets, WWF said. And a chocolate-spotted frog, a member of the Amolops family, was discovered in a mountain range that stretches along Myanmar’s western border and India.
Win Myo Thu, co-founder of the local environmental group EcoDev, believes scientists have only scraped the surface of what is yet to be discovered in his country.