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  52 new species discovered in Borneo
From: piaba <piabinha at yahoo.com> on 2006.12.22 at 22:35:41(14996)

i don't see mention of aroids, but there is an amazing
Marantaceae... the photo is in the report that is
available on the WWF webpage (follow the links).

on the other hand, they mention 16 new gingers.

From: Hermine <hermine at endangeredspecies.com> on 2006.12.22 at 23:58:32(14999)
on the other hand, they mention 16 new gingers.

tsuh yang

I am a FOOL for variegated Gingers. are these with fancy foliage? as
you may know, i am immune to flowers.


From: "Peter Boyce" <botanist at malesiana.com> on 2006.12.23 at 01:17:49(15000)
Fascinating news but, 52 species in the plant,
animal and fungal kingdoms combined is really the tip of the tip of an ENORMOUS
iceberg; our current research on one medium-sized aroid genus
(Schismatoglottis) will almost certainly more double the number of
species from c. 70 to 150 in Sarawak alone; Homalomena (perhaps the
largest aroid genus is Borneo) has c. 80 spp. alone in Sarawak fewer than 30
names for the whole island; Alocasia had, prior to the latest revsion just under
a decade ago recognized 21 species for Borneo (then a 47%
increase); since then a further 14 species have been recognized. Perhaps the
most striking aroid example come from Amorphophallus with currently 15
species described for Borneo and a number of others (maybe as many as 5 that we
know of... no idea how many others awaiting finding) awaiting description but as
recently as 1981 the tally for the island was just 2


From: Steve Marak <samarak at gizmoworks.com> on 2006.12.23 at 04:33:42(15001)
I love the Marantaceae, or - since I love far too many plant families - it
stays consistently in my Top 20, so I followed this link to the WWF site and
looked around. I even downloaded the 23M PDF brochure - orchids, nepenthes,
Rafflesia, yes, but no Marantaceae.

But I did finally stumble on a name - is Schumannianthus monophyllus the one?

If so, I eventually backtracked into a Word document which had a very small
picture within it. Does anyone have a direct pointer to a larger or better



From: "D. Christopher Rogers" <crogers at ecoanalysts.com> on 2006.12.23 at 04:33:53(15002)
At the
Bohart Museum of Entomology, we have been working over the insects from several
Bornean expeditions. The new species, genera and families are somewhere in the
upper hundreds!!! There is still much to do in the cataloging of biodiversity.


From: piaba <piabinha at yahoo.com> on 2006.12.23 at 05:14:02(15003)
yeah, that's the one... i actually thought it was one
of the 16 new gingers when i first saw that pic.

--- Steve Marak wrote:

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