The highest peak in Palawan hosts rare and exotic flora and fauna …
Mt Mantalingajan (or Mantalingahan) is a mountain in southern Palawan, Philippines, that forms the highest part of the Mount Beaufort Ultramafics geological region of which Mount Victoria forms the largest contiguous area. It occupies the central mountain range within the territorial jurisdiction of Bataraza, Brooke’s Point, Quezon, Rizal and Sofronio Espanola.,
Mt Mantalingahan has exceptionally high floral and faunal diversity and endemism with several noteworthy species recorded during the biological assessment conducted in 2007.
See the many images of Mt Mantalingahan taken from several perspective never before published, including flora and fauna.
There are eight (8) possibly undescribed plant species; at least five (5) plant species that are newly recorded for Palawan; and twelve plant species considered as new plant records for the country.
Image below of still unnamed new specie of orchids discovered in Mt Mantalingahan recently.
A new species of forest gecko, Luperosaurus gulat discovered in Mt Mantalingahan was confirmed by experts and published in 2010.
Three restricted-range species of plants which are known only to occur within the mountain range: Alyxia palawanensis Markgraf (Apocynaceae), Rhododendron acrophilum (Ericaceae) and Sphaerostephanos cartilagidens (Thelypteridaceae).
The presence of two elusive fast canopy flyer bats, the Saccolaimus saccolaimus is a new record for Palawan faunal region and Chiromeles torquatus that was again seen after five decades in the island is a surprising discovery.
Two parrotfinches Erythrura hyperythra and Erythrura prasina were recorded in 2007. Based on all current records, both species are new island records for Palawan and the latter is a possible new country record.
The critically endangered Cacatua haematuropygia is among the five Philippine endemic bird species thriving in Mantalingahan.
Ingerana mariae (Mary’s Frog, Palawan eastern frog) is known to be restricted to Mt. Mantalingahan.
The Palawan soft-furred mountain rat, Palawanomys furvus, that was rediscovered in 2007 has not been seen since it was first discovered in 1962 and known to occur only in Mt. Mantalingahan.
Three lizards, Gekko palawanensis, Mabuya cumingi and Sphenomorphus sp and two snakes (Calamaria cf. palawanensis and Trimeresurus schultzei are endemic to Palawan.
Continuing discoveries of new species of plant and animal from the mountain highlight its tremendous ecological value and the importance of maintaining such protective zones in the face of constant logging and mining pressures. The pitcher plant species, Nepenthes mantalingajanensis, described in 2007, is named after the mountain itself.
Climbing Mt Mantalingahan by bush channel …