10 Beautiful Species That Can Only Be Found In Cebu

posted on: Sunday, June 8, 2014
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Cebu, and the Philippines in general is home to a vast biodiversity of plants and animals.

It’s sad that most of them are already endangered due to habitat loss.

Let’s try to save Mother Nature and help these plants and animals regain their natural home:

1. Cynometra cebuensis

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This has just been discovered last year. This can be found in the forest of Tabunan in Central Cebu. This plant flowers in March and early April, and are in bloom in three to five days. The fruits develop within three months and fall from the trees in July.

2. Pore Coral (Montipora cebuensis)

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is a coral usually found in shallow reef environments, especially lagoons.

3. Cebu Hawk Owl (Ninox rumseyi)

Philip Godfrey Jakosalem, inquirer.net

It was because of massive deforestation in Cebu. But in 1998, bird ecologists rediscovered the existence of hawk owls in the small patches of forests in the town of Alcoy in the southern part of the island.

4. Cebu Small Worm Skink (Brachymeles cebuensis)


This  is a unique species in the genus in being one of only two species to have unequal numbers of fingers and toes. The species has three fingers and two toes. This skink was initially collected by (1967), who recorded it from as far as 40km southwest of Cebu City in the localities of Tapal, Mantalungon, Barili and Buhisan. It has also been possibly collected at Buhisan dam, and may be present at Alcoy and Tabunan.

5. Cebu Flowerpecker (Dicaeum quadricolor)

Toto Gamboa (totogamboa.com)

The was believed to be extinct until it was rediscovered in 1992 in a small patch of limestone forest in the Central Cebu Protected Landscape and has since been found in three other sites, namely, the Nug-as forest of Alcoy, Mount Lantoy of Argao and the forests of Dalaguete. Its current population is estimated between 85 to 105. Along with Cebu Hawk Owl and Black Shama, the Cebu Flowerpecker was formally introduced to the world on August 17, 2013.

6. Kawasan Paper Kite Butterfly (Idea leuconoe jumaloni)

Dr. Franz Seidenschwarz

The Cebu-endemic subspecies of was scientifically described by Colin G. Treadaway. He named it in honor of the late Julian Jumalon, a renowned Cebu-based Lepidopterist.

7. Bicknell’s Hoya (Hoya bicknelli)

Dr. Franz Seidenschwarz

Hoyas are plants that have flowers all shaped like a five pointed star. In June 1998, a new Hoya species was discovered in the by David Bicknell. The specie was described by Dale Kloppenburg in 1999, and named in honor of the finder.

8. Tabunan Risiocnemis (Risiocnemis seidenschwarzi

Dr. Franz Seidenschwarz

In November 19, 1998, A new damselfly species was discovered along a small creek flowing out of the Tabunan forest. The specie was scientifically described by Dr. Matti Hämälainen, and named in honor of the head of the USC Botany Research Group, .

9. Black Shama (Copsychus cebuensis)

The  has always been considered rare with an estimated population of 1000 to 5000. It inhabits primary forest and the dense undergrowth of secondary habitats.  There are also reports of the species being observed within highly urbanised areas, including Cebu City. The black shama’s song is a rich, varied series of melodious whistles, and it is also known to mimic the sounds of other birds.

10. Sicyopus cebuensis


This goby is a type of fish considered to be one of the smallest fish in the world.  appears to be rare in nature with the type series, which consisted of just a single adult pair, originating from the Uling brook within the upper Naga River basin on the island of Cebu, Cebu province, Philippines.

Guys, I think we should plant more trees and dispose our garbage properly if we want our children to still see these species.

Time will come that we’ll only see these creatures in books and on the internet.