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New beetle species discovered at Kenting National Park
墾丁昆蟲王國 再添新成員

Researchers look at darkling beetle samples at Kenting National Park in Pingtung County on Wednesday last week.

Photo: Tsai Tsung-hsien, Liberty Times

New insect species have once again been discovered in Taiwan. Kenting National Park Headquarters announced on Wednesday last week that three darkling beetles — Cryphaeus lanae, Androsus taiwanus, Paramisolampidius kentingensis — were discovered at the park along with another beetle species — Nesocaedius minimus — that was found in Taiwan for the first time. The park administration says that around 10 new species have been found in Taiwan since 1994, and that they expect another five to seven species to be announced by the end of the year.

Park officials said that darkling beetles are usually found in rotting wood, and that they play an important role in the food chain at both larval and adult stages because they feed on the fungi in rotting wood.

(Liberty Times, Translated by Kyle Jeffcoat)





1. species n.

種類 (zhong3 lei4)

例: A new rat species that lives off earthworms was discovered in Indonesia earlier this month.


2. rot v.

腐朽;腐壞 (fu2 xiu3; fu3 huai4)

例: Your teeth will rot if you do not brush them regularly.


3. fungus n.

真菌 (zhen1 jun4)

例: Mushrooms are well-known types of fungi.


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