Taipei, The Forestry Bureau has showcased the biological diversity in rivers originating from the Coastal Mountain Range in eastern Taiwan, saying that it has recorded more than 30 different migratory species, including the rarelyseen blue stream goby, in one of those rivers over the past year.
The bureau began in May 2018 a twoyear survey of ecological resources in the Jialang River that runs through Xinshe Village of Fengbin Township in Hualien County.
Since then, private researchers commissioned by the bureau to conduct the survey have spotted 32 migratory species in different sections of the river, the bureau said in a Saturday press release.
The species found include the green mitten crab and the Yamato shrimp, found in upper reaches of the river, pseudograpsus crab and tennis shrimp in the midstream, and the blue stream goby in the lower reaches, according to the Forestry Bureau.
They manifest an amazing diversity in Taiwan's coastal rivers and are indicative of a very healthy environmental system at the river mouth, according to the statement.
According to the government agency, investigators recorded fewer than 10 blue stream gobys each time during their spring/summer field survey.
The blue stream goby, also known as the redtailed gob, is native to eastern Taiwan and breeds in clean coastal rivers that originate from mountains close by. They are one of the few bluecolored freshwater fish in Taiwan, the researchers said.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel