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New Reptile and Amphibian Species Potentially Discovered in Battambang

Phnom Penh, March 25, 2024 – In an exciting development for wildlife conservation, the Ministry of Environment's research team has reported the discovery of several reptiles and amphibians in the Phnom Kambor region of Banon district, Battambang province. Among the findings, there are indications that some species may be previously unidentified, opening the door to potentially new species classifications.

The Ministry of Environment, in a statement released on March 22, highlighted that the identification and classification of these species would be finalized following the completion of genetic analysis and thorough data collection efforts. This research forms a critical component of broader initiatives aimed at preserving biodiversity and developing a comprehensive management and preservation plan for the Phnom Kambor region.

This undertaking is part of a collaborative effort with FFI Cambodia (Fauna & Flora International in Cambodia) focusing on the study of these species to better understand and mitigate the risks of communicable diseases. The findings underscore the importance of ongoing environmental research and conservation efforts, with the potential discovery of new species underscoring the rich biodiversity present in Cambodia's natural habitats.

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