Philippine Deep

The Philippines, an archipelago of over 7,000 islands in the Pacific Ocean, has been described as Asia’s Galapagos. A highlighted shortlist of endemic species might include Pithecophaga jefferyi, the world’s largest forest raptor; the Philippine tarsier, the only primate to communicate exclusively through ultrasonic sound; a large, vegetarian version of the Komodo dragon that was only recently described; and both the smallest and largest bat species on Earth. The Philippines is also home to the highest concentration of mammal species on the planet, and there are more endemic species per unit area than the Amazon rainforest. Despite these remarkable features, the Philippine Archipelago is seldom recognized as the hotspot of global biodiversity it truly is.