Indo-Pacific River environment – Mekong river

Mekong River is the longest in the Southeast Asian. It is born to 5,224 m altitude in the Tibetan plateau and flows into the Sea of South China, in Vietnan on a journey of 4,800 kilometers watering hills, mountains and jungles of six countries. Over time the alluvium carried by Mekong river, have been deposited in an shallow underwater platform forming an plain, the delta, which currently covers more than 75,000 km2.

Mekong River was declared a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in 1957. Mekong River has a unique biodiversity. More than 20,000 species of plants and 2,500 animals, of which 1,200 are fish, depend on its waters and new species are described every year.

Especies animales

Aligator de China

Alligator sinensis

Bagre rayado

Pangasianodon hypophthalmus

Carpa de bambú

Spinibarbus denticulatus

Carpa de mejilla amarilla

Elopichthys bambusa


Carassius auratus

Galápago asiático moteado

Geoclemys hamiltonii

Guramí gigante

Osphronemus goramy

Nutria asiática de uñas cortas

Aonyx cinereus

Tiburón plata

Balantiocheilos melanopterus

Tiburón tailandés

Pangasius sanitwongsei

Varano acuático

Varanus salvator