Taiwan - Flora and fauna

The flora is closely related to that of southern China and the Philippines. Taiwan has almost 190 plant families, about 1,180 genera, and more than 3,800 species, of which indigenous members constitute about one-third of the total flora. Mangrove forest is found in tidal flats and coastal bays. From sea level to a height of 2,000 m (6,600 ft) is the zone of broad-leaved evergreen tropical and subtropical forest, where ficua, pandanus, palms, teak, bamboos, and camphors are commonly found. The mixed forest of broad-leaved deciduous trees and conifers occupies the next zone, extending from a height of 2,000 to 3,000 m (6,600– 9,800 ft). Pines, cypresses, firs, and rhododendrons are grown in this region. Above this level is the zone of coniferous forests, composed mainly of firs, spruce, juniper, and hemlock.

The mammals so far discovered number more than 60 species, 45 of which appear to be indigenous to the island. The largest beast of prey is the Formosan black bear. Foxes, flying foxes, deer, wild boar, bats, squirrels, macaques, and pangolins are some of the mammals seen on the island. There are more than 330 species and subspecies of birds, of which 33 are common to the island, China, and the Philippines, and about 87 are peculiar forms. More than 65 species of reptiles and amphibians inhabit the island. There is an abundance of snakes, of which 13 species are poisonous. The insect life is rich and varied.

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Nov 15, 2007 @ 2:02 am
not much information i can get from this page... i think you should add more information here
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Jan 21, 2008 @ 7:07 am
I found alot of good information for a project i'm doing at school
francis aguilar
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Jun 16, 2009 @ 4:04 am
tnx a lot for the information about the taiwan...

can you add more information??..tnx!
Anne Ödman
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Jan 22, 2012 @ 11:11 am
I have heard somewhere, that there were no snakes in Taiwan earlier. But the japanese had snake-farms for producing serum. When they left the island, they set free the snakes, and that is why there snakes in Taiwan now. Is that just a myth?

I would be very pleased, if you could give me names of some of the birds, both general ones and more rare ones. Beautiful ones too.

I live in Sweden, and I am going to present Taiwan for a group of persons, interested in geograpy.

Kindest regards from Anne Ödman
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Mar 30, 2015 @ 8:08 am
awesome information I recommend this site to people at school that are doing projects
My mum
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Sep 13, 2018 @ 6:18 pm
SO cool! I would lpoe it tho if u added more information about the fauna cause I am learning about it for a project of taiwan!!! But anyway ur website is rlly good!
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Sep 13, 2018 @ 10:22 pm
needed more info, i am doing a school project about this regions and i need information about the flora and fauna.

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