A Taiwanese biodiversity database has compiled records of nearly 10 million wildlife sightings, making it the second-largest in Asia, with the vast majority of data coming from volunteers, according to the Council of Agriculture's (COA) Endemic Species Research Institute.
The Taiwan Biodiversity Network (TBN), which was founded in 2007, had recorded 9.87 million animal and plant sightings as of the end of July, Ko Chih-jen (柯智仁), an assistant researcher at the institute, announced at a press conference Friday.
By way of comparison, Ko noted that India had compiled Asia's largest database of wildlife sightings with 18-19 million records, followed by Taiwan with nearly 10 million and Japan with 8 million.
According to TBN statistics, birds are the most widely-tracked wildlife on the Taiwan database, with 7.47 million reported sightings.
They are followed by butterflies and moths, with 410,000 sightings, and frogs, with around 100,000, the statistics showed.
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