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01/15/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

GUMBRECHT'S GREEN PIT VIPER, DRAGON MILLIPEDE, HUNTSMAN SPIDER: More than 1000 species discovered in Mekong Delta (PHOTOS) (VIDEO)

The World Wild Life Fund reported an early Christmas gift today with the news that more than 1,000 species have been discovered in Southeast Asia's Mekong region. AFP reports, that the animal cache includes:

"a spider as big as a dinner plate...

A rat thought to have become extinct 11 million years ago and a cyanide-laced, shocking pink millipede were among creatures found in what the group called a "biological treasure trove".

See photos and video of some of the animals below and read more from AFP: