Especies descubiertas en Chucantí

An incredible 21 species new to science have been described from the Cerro Chucantí Private Nature Reserve to date. These vary widely, from microscopic, parasitic fungi to a day-flashing firefly, a cryptic songbird, and more. Many others are in process of being described.

Why are so many species new to science found at Chucantí?

The higher elevations of the reserve contain a unique “island” of cloud forest habitat. Many of the species living in this cooler environment cannot survive at lower elevations, so the surrounding landscape traps them within the cloud forest. Chucantí is especially isolated, being more than 100 kilometers from the nearest cloud forest!