Southeast Asian peat swamp forest biodiversity lost before even being recognized

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Marcel Silvius
Book (published in): 
Proceedings of the 15th International Peat Congress
tropical peat swamp forest, Odonata, Central Kalimantan, peat fires


As peat swamp forest biodiversity has received relatively little scientific attention the value of this particularwetland habitat for biodiversity conservation is poorly understood. Some comparisons with biodiversity values of other tropical forest habitats lacked reference to special wetland species groups such as freshwater fish and dragonflies. Other studies have noted that that lack of sampling in peat swamp forests may have contributed to a skewed picture. They also noted that peat swamp forests support a substantial number of rare, specialised and threatened species. Peatlands of Southeast Asia harbour a high biodiversity. Surveys in Central Kalimantan Indonesia, found a total of 54 species of Odonata (dragonflies and damselflies) in June-July 2012. Of the species...