- Mt Pangasugan
Mt Pangasuganis a mountainin the Province of Leytein the Philippines. It is approximately 1,150 meters (3,772 ft.) [http://www.geocities.com/siba_ph/PhilPeaksVis.html] [http://saklang.tripod.com/images/pangasugan/pangasugan7.jpg] tall, and located to the north of the town of Baybay City. The mountain is densely vegetated, very steep, and home to a remarkable number of plant and animal species. It has been called "the last forest frontier in Eastern Visayas." Situated in the virgin rain forestmountain, is Mt. Pangasugan [http://thumb4.webshots.net/t/58/58/1/75/44/2481175440083544064OtmnxC_th.jpg] Ecopark. [ [http://hoparound.net/HopAround/public/tourist/poi_level3_view.page?level3Id=375 hoparound.net, Mt. Pangasugan Ecopark (Baybay, Leyte, Visayas)] ]
A study by Visayas State University (VSU) in Baybay City, Leyte [ [http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/storypage.aspx?StoryId=93057 Abs-Cbn Interactive, Leyte mountain harbors endangered species in world list] ] found many animal species listed by the
World Conservation Unionin the Red List of Threatened Animals ( IUCN Red List), including the Philippine tarsier, Philippine flying fox, Fischer’s pygmy fruit bat. New records of the microbat(Hypposideros obscurus), with a length of 5.5 centimeters and body weight of 10 grams, a type of skink(Tropidophorus grayh), and two new species of the fishGoblidae (Stiphodon olivaceous and Stiphodon surrufus) were also found by the VSU survey.
VSU’s Natural History
Museumcollected 43,000 arthropod specimensfrom 377 familiesand 500 generaon Mt Pangasugan. New speies of orchid, Dendrobium(milaniae Fessel), Lueckel, and tigerbettle (Thopeutica milaniae), were named in honor of incumbent VSU president Dr. Paciencia Po-Milan, a renowned ecologist.
Other endemic species include the
eagle-owl, Philippine hawk-eagle, Rufous Lord kingfisher, Philippine leafbirdand miniature tit-babblerand flying lemur.
The Federal Republic of Germany (through the ViSCA-GTZ Applied Tropical EcologyProgranl, ViSCA, Baybay, Leyte, Philippines International) funded the VSU study to collect, identify, describe and document the existing species of aroids (
Araceae) and orchidsin Mt. Pangasugan. 25 species of aroids representing 12 generawere documented atelevations of up to 350 m ASL. Classified as erect ground dwellers or climbers, the most dominant aroid belongto Pothosand Epipremnum. The orchid species represent 16 genera, with the most dominant belonging to Phalaenopsis. [ [http://www.aseanbiotechnology.info/Abstract/23001802.pdf aseanbiotechnology.info, Aroids and Orchids in Mt. Pangasugan, Leyte, Philippines, Misael T. Diloutado. Jr.. Elizabeth D. Briones and Romina D. Dialimas] ]
The Herpetofauna (
herps) of Anibong, Jordan, Mt. Pangasugan Range, Leyte is a habitatto endemic species, which is so diverse and slightly distributed. The Mindanao State University-Iligan Institute of Technology identified 17 herpetofaunal species belonging to 6 families ( Ranidae, Rhacophoridae, Agamidae, Scincidae, Colubridae, Viperidae), of which eight (47%) are endemics ( Endemism). These endemic species include Limnonectes magnus, Platymantis corrugatus, Platymantis dorsalis, Brachymeles samarensis, Draco lineatus, Sphenomorphus jagori, Rhabdophis lineate and Trimeresurus flavomaculatus. Limnonectes magnus is already in the near-threatened category. [ [http://pssn.bahaykuboresearch.net/index.php?module=article&view=177 pssn.bahaykuboresearch.net, The Herpetofauna of Anibong] ]
Milan, et al. 1993. "Anthropod Abundance and Diversity in Ecosystems of Mt. Pangasugan, Baybay Leyte with Special Reference to the Coleoptera and Hymenoptera Fauna"PLITS 1995/13(3)
Lawrence R. Heaney et al. 1989. "Elevational Zonation of Mammals in the Central Philippines".Journal of Tropical Ecology
*Langenberger, G. & Belonias, B. (submitted): The status of floristic analysis of Mt. Pangasugan, Leyte, Philippines - a conservation priorityarea classified as "extremely high critical". (submitted for publication in the ‘Flora Malesiana Symposium Proceedings’ (Los Baños,Philippines, 2004)
*Langenberger, G. (2000): Forest Vegetation Studies on the foothills of Mt. Pangasugan, Leyte, The Philippines. TÖB-Publication F-II/10e.German agency for technical cooperation (GTZ) GmbH, P.O. Box 5180, 65726 Eschborn, Germany. ISBN 3-933984-67-X
*http://www.tropentag.de/2005/abstracts/full/587.pdf Ethnobotanical Survey among Farmers in Leyte, Philippines, and Comparison withIndigenous Filipino Plant Lore
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