Monday,March 9, 2020

Featured Protected Area

The Mount Hamiguitan Range Wildlife Sanctuary located in the Eastern Mindanao Biodiversity Corridor in Davao Oriental,was enlisted into the UNESCO World Heritage Sites list in 2014 (the latest among the sites on this list) for its natural importance. It is a Key Biodiversity Area, home to a diverse range of flora and fauna species including several endangered and endemic species. Currently 1,403 species of flora and fauna are found in Mount Hamiguitan with 963 floral species and 440 faunal species.

Mount Hamiguitan Range Wildlife Sanctuary

FLORA SPECIES: 729 angiosperms; 27 gymnosperms

  • 151 ferns;13 fern allies;17 mosses
  • 13 liverworts; 13 lichens

Of the identified plant species:

  • 171 endemic species
  • 35 threatened species
  • 33 rare species
  • 9 new record
  • 204 economically important species

FAUNA SPECIES – 26 Mammals;108 Birds

  • 33 Reptiles 18 Amphibians;
  • 173 (Butterflies and Damselflies)
  • 46 Spiders; 4 Earthworms
  • 15 Nematodes;17 Fishes

Of the identified fauna species:

  • 124 Philippine Endemic
  • 39 Mindanao Endemic