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Two members of BINCO discovered several populations of previously deemed locally extinct species of large branchiopids. Read the article here (Dutch only).
The findings of the Pico Bonito Expedition of last year (june 2012) were recorded in the new BINCO report. The registration of new species of birds, amphibians and reptiles along with several new invertebrate species for the park, including some new to science on this short expedition, illustrates the little information available on this region. The observation of endemic species to the Cordillera de Nombre de Dios (e.g. Hyla insolita, Norops purpugularis and Chrysina cavei) and highly threatened species such as Bairds tapir and the spider monkeys emphasizes the importance of this region. Greater efforts are needed to protect this region form the encroaching human population.
In this article, published by us in the open access journal “Journal of Insect Science”, we describe the beetles of the genus Chrysina that are present in the Cusuco National Parc (Honduras) along with the relationship between the number of found species and the locality within the cloud forest. An identification key is included, facilitating the identification so that other researchers can more easily map the species when discovered. These beetle are often adorned with wonderful metallic colours, and are therefore highly sought after by many collectors. You can download the paper here.
During a Binco Express Inventory last June in the Pico Bonito National Park in Honduras one of our cameras caught a Baird’s tapir (Tapirus bairdii) on film. Although being photographed several times with a camera trap, this is the first time that this species in Honduras was filmed. The Central American tapir or Baird’s tapir has a weight of 300 kg, the largest species in the family on the American continent. Hunting and loss of habitat are the main threats to this species and their numbers dwindle rapidly. This species is noted on the IUCN Red List as endangered. Pico Bonito is one of the few areas in Honduras where there are still healthy tapir populations. This is mainly due to the steep terrain that is difficult accessible to people. Our observations were transferred to the Honduran wildlife department (ICF) and Panthera.
Trail cameras recorded some wild boars in Sint-Agatha-Rode. More info in Dutch.
About a year ago we visited the collection of the University Museum of Natural History in Oxford. Among others a collection of pinned hawkmoths (picture above) from Honduras were examined. This resulted in an article in which we added several species to the current Honduran list for this family of butterflies.
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