Research Paper

Discovery through citizen science: Cryptocoryne paglaterasiana (Araceae), a new endangered species from Tampilisan, Zamboanga del Norte, Western Mindanao

Mark Arcebal K. Naive, Yhebron J. Lagud, Niels Jacobsen

Published on: 05 October 2022

Page: 539 - 543

DOI: 10.6165/tai.2022.67.539


Cryptocoryne paglaterasiana, a new endemic species discovered by two citizen scientists in Zamboanga del Norte, Western Mindanao, Philippines is herein described and illustrated. A detailed description, colour plates, phenology, distribution, provisional conservation status and a list of Cryptocoryne species in the Philippines are presented below. With this discovery, the Philippines now holds a total number of seven Cryptocoryne species and except for one they are endemic, rare and threatened.

Keyword: Aquatic plant, aroid, Cryptocoryne joshanii, Philippine biodiversity, Plant taxonomy, Zamboanga peninsula flora

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