A scientific team from BINCO has just completed a study mission in Salonga

January 27, 2023
A scientific team from BINCO has just completed a study mission in Salonga

An international from BINCO (Biodiversity Inventory for Conservation) composed of scientists from the UK, Belgium, DRC, Portugal and a photographer from the Netherlands conducted a survey mission to Salonga National Park from 20 November to 15 December 2022.

The team collected biodiversity specimens of several taxa with special attention to biological communities that have received relatively little attention (such as invertebrates, reptiles, fish, birds, etc.).

Scientists were able to document substantial information on the biodiversity of Salonga Park and recorded 160 species of birds, 32 species of herpetofauna, 40 fish, and a yet-to-be-confirmed number of invertebrate species (over 400).

Preliminary analysis of selected samples indicates the likely presence of several species new for science, with at least five (spiders) already confirmed.

The final report of the study is expected by the end of 2023 after identification analyses that will be performed in a laboratory in Belgium.

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