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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.
學者上週三在屏東縣墾丁國家公園檢查擬步行蟲的樣本。

Photo: Tsai Tsung-hsien, Liberty Times
照片:自由時報記者蔡宗憲翻

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)

台灣再發現昆蟲世界新種,墾丁國家公園管理處上週三發表三種擬步行蟲世界新種包括毛角刺擬步行蟲、臺灣擬迴木蟲及墾丁瓢擬步行蟲,以及一種台灣新紀錄種小俏擬步行蟲。墾管處表示,自一九九四年至今已發現近十種世界新種,預計年底可能還有五至七種世界新種發表。

墾管處指出,擬步行蟲常可於腐朽的木頭中發現,成蟲及幼蟲皆以生長於朽木上的真菌為食,在生態系的營養循環上扮演重要角色。

(自由時報記者徐義平)

TODAY’S WORDS 今日單字

1. species n.

種類 (zhong3 lei4)

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

(本月初在印尼發現吃蚯蚓生存的新種大老鼠。)

2. rot v.

腐朽;腐壞 (fu2 xiu3; fu3 huai4)

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

(若你平常不刷牙,牙齒會腐壞。)

3. fungus n.

真菌 (zhen1 jun4)

例: Mushrooms are well-known types of fungi.

(蘑菇是有名的真菌種類。)


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