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Re: [Aroid-l] 52 new species discovered in Borneo

  • Subject: Re: [Aroid-l] 52 new species discovered in Borneo
  • From: "Peter Boyce" <botanist@malesiana.com>
  • Date: Sat, 23 Dec 2006 09:17:49 +0800

Fascinating news but, 52 species in the plant, animal and fungal kingdoms combined is really the tip of the tip of an ENORMOUS iceberg; our current research on one medium-sized aroid genus (Schismatoglottis) will almost certainly more double the number of species from c. 70 to 150 in Sarawak alone; Homalomena (perhaps the largest aroid genus is Borneo) has c. 80 spp. alone in Sarawak fewer than 30 names for the whole island; Alocasia had, prior to the latest revsion just under a decade ago  recognized 21 species for Borneo (then a 47% increase); since then a further 14 species have been recognized. Perhaps the most striking aroid example come from Amorphophallus with currently 15 species described for Borneo and a number of others (maybe as many as 5 that we know of... no idea how many others awaiting finding) awaiting description but as recently as 1981 the tally for the island was just 2 species.
----- Original Message -----
From: "piaba" <piabinha@yahoo.com>
To: "Discussion of aroids" <aroid-l@gizmoworks.com>
Sent: Saturday, December 23, 2006 6:35 AM
Subject: [Aroid-l] 52 new species discovered in Borneo

> http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2006/12/061219-borneo-species.html
> i don't see mention of aroids, but there is an amazing
> Marantaceae... the photo is in the report that is
> available on the WWF webpage (follow the links).
> on the other hand, they mention 16 new gingers.
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