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Joint effort sought for protecting rare beetle

Date Posted: 2001-07-21

The Ministry of Environment established a cooperative conference, Monday to prevent Yanbaru-Tenaga-Kogane beetle from being poached. This marks the first time that the Ministry has established such conference.

Once the conference is set up, they plan to print anti-poaching posters and start patrolling around the beetle’s habitat. The conference consists of 17 organizations including the Prefectural Office, the University of the Ryukyus, police and local governments.

Yanbaru-Tenaga-Kogane is the biggest beetle in Japan and is found only in Yanbaru, the northern part of Okinawa’s main island. It has long front legs as its distinctive character. The specie was designated as a National Natural Monument in 1985. The number of the beetles has recently decreased rapidly as a result of vicious poaching fueled by a recent boom in beetle collecting as a hobby.

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