To most people on earth - even biodiversity scientists- the Salween Basin is like the dark side of the moon. It is the second-longest river in Southeast Asia, yet few have even heard of it. Even in the populated valleys and cities of the countries that claim Salween waters - China, Burma, Thailand - people know little of this river. There are no big cities, no famous ruins, no superhighways, no dams - yet. But it is precisely this obscurity that makes the Salween Basin a place of great biodiversity. This report is a effort to document the biological richness of one remote southern corner of the basin, and to alert the reader about its imminent peril.
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