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USA TODAY, December 13, 2011

Video: Elvis monkey is one of several new species in Asia

Video shout-out: A monkey with a hairdo similar to Elvis and a psychedelic-colored gecko were among more than 200 new animal and plant species discovered in Southeast Asia's Mekong River delta region in 2010, according to the World Wildlife Fund.

The WWF reports that a total of 145 plants, 28 reptiles, 25 fish, 7 amphibians, 2 mammals, and 1 bird were all discovered within the Greater Mekong region of Southeast Asia that spans Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam and the south-western Chinese province of Yunnan.

On average, one new species is recorded by science every two days in the region.

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