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WWF report highlights 208 new species in Asia

The Elvis monkey, a self-cloning skunk and a Limestone leaf warbler are some of the 208 species that were found and described for the first time recently in a new World Wildlife Fund (WWF) report.

The species - which also include five carnivorous plants, reptiles and amphibians - were discovered in the Greater Mekong region of Southeast Asia in 2010. The region spans Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam and the south-western Chinese province of Yunnan, according to the WWF.

Of the species that are new to science, there are 145 plants, 28 reptiles, 25 fish, seven amphibians, two mammals and only one bird. The primate, known as the "Elvis monkey," was one of the more surprising discoveries, scientists told National Geographic.

"This is really the end of the era of large mammal discovery, so to have a new primate discovered in this area, unknown to science, is extremely rare," Stuart Chapman, conservation director of the WWF's Greater Mekong program, told the news source. "Looking ahead we may only ever see one or two more discoveries like this. And it's sort of a bittersweet moment, because we think this species already has very low numbers."
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