“Revisited planet of the islands of Guadeloupe”: discovering hundreds of new species

“Revisited planet of the islands of Guadeloupe”: discovering hundreds of new species
“Revisited planet of the islands of Guadeloupe”: discovering hundreds of new species

The official launch of the project “The Planet Revisited of the Islands of Guadeloupe” was launched Thursday, May 9, in Marie-Galante. The initiative is jointly carried out by the Regional Biodiversity Agency of the Islands of Guadeloupe (ARB-IG) and the National Museum of Natural History (MNHN). The ceremony marked the start of field missions, planned between September and November. Objective: explore and document the exceptional biodiversity of the Southern Islands.

At the start of the next school year, scientists from the “Planet revisited of the islands of Guadeloupe” exploration program will therefore set out to discover the biodiversity of the Southern Islands. Led by the Regional Biodiversity Agency of the Islands of Guadeloupe (ARB-IG) and the National Museum of Natural History (MNHN), this project aims to inventory the still little-known terrestrial and marine biodiversity of Saintes, Marie-Galante, Désirade and Petite-Terre.

Nearly 100 local, national and international researchers are mobilized for a mission lasting nearly 6 weeks. About ten years ago, marine exploration missions led to the discovery of more than 300 new species and gave rise to more than 300 scientific publications. But inventory and monitoring data for many species remain incomplete in the southern islands.

Insects, small invertebrates, mushrooms, moss, algae and other crustaceans: the “Planet Revisited” project must therefore make it possible to acquire new scientific data on so-called neglected biodiversity. An essential approach to discover or rediscover marine and terrestrial species, and better estimate their conservation status.


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