[The Hwankyung Ilbo] National Institute of Biological Resources (NIBR), which belongs to the Ministry of Environment, announced that 161 species were newly discovered on the five northwestern border islands in the West Sea from biodiversity observation activities conducted nine times in 2017.
NIBR identified 620 species in total on the islands during the surveys. Of these, 161 species, which have not been mentioned in the literature or overlapped with existing research results, were newly reported to inhabit the five islands.
Accordingly, the number of species found on the islands increased to 3,352 from 3,191 of the existing records.
The new 161 species are composed of 57 insects, 54 invertebrates, 32 higher plants and bryophytes, 3 birds and 2 mammals.
The survey also showed that in spite of their separation from the land and small size, the five islands in the West Sea are rich in biodiversity in specific taxonomic groups such as birds and have a high rate of endangered wildlife.
“Based on the results, we will continue to study the biodiversity of the five islands through continuous surveys.” said NIBR.
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