Insect Diversity in Kenting National Park
Butterfly and Animal diversity of Kenting National Park
There are more than 200 kinds of flying butterflies, making the butterflies the most distinctive small invertebrate in the area.
Other vertebrate animal resources inhabiting Kenting National Park are also quite abundant.
Taiwanese Macaques in Kenting
Pallas’s squirrel in kenting
Civet cat on Tree
Bird Diversity in Kenting National Park
Many transiting migratory birds of spring and autumn such as the most well-known brown shrike and grey-faced buzzard, are using the inner area of national park of Hengchun Peninsula as a relay station or a place to rest and forage.
At present, more than 220 species of birds have been recorded in the national park, and it is more than one-half of the total number of birds in Taiwan, making the birds as the most representative animal resource in Kenting National Park.
Chinese Green Tree Viper
There are several species of turtles which include Chinese stripe-necked turtle and Chinese box turtles.
Chinese Neck Striped Turtle
Chinese Box Turtle
Kenting National Park has abundant and divergent natural resources, many of which possess potential recreational value or serve as materials for conventional research and educational materials.
For the land area of the national park (more on areas here) , in addition to the topographic geology and biological resources, the lake, swamp, river, and other freshwater ecosystems which are formed by the water system in the territory form a self-contained system and contain diverse natural resources, awaiting us to have a glimpse on them
The freshwater area in Kenting National Park, although it is far more limited than the surrounding marine area, they are also inhabited by many aquatic animals such as fish, shrimp, crabs, etc.
Fish of native species known to live in freshwater in Kenting National Park include giant mottled eel, goldfish, small snakehead, Rajsh Cichlasoma, rosy bitterling, rice eel, Hong Kong catfish, barcheek goby, pond loach, dusky sleeper, loach goby, Sicyopterus japonicus, Awaous ocellaris, and Rhinogobius brunneus.
Asian Rice Eel
flathead grey mullet
In addition, in the freshwater of lakes, swamps, and rivers, there are also freshwater prawn, Atyidae, Caridina sp., Macrobrachium spp., river swimming crab, king crabs, mitten crab, “white crab”, and several kinds of snails as well as a mussel.