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8 New Mushrooms Found on Mt. Odae June 28, 2005 - hankooki.com
Eight kinds of unregistered mushroom species have been spotted on Mt. Odae, Kangwon Province, showing the ecological diversity of the mountain.
The Korea National Parks Authority said yesterday it had found a total of 250 kinds of mushrooms in the national park of Mt. Odae, including eight new species, such as scutellinia, umbrarum and gomphus.
The authority mobilized a research team in March 2004 and conducted the 10-month ecological survey of the national park covering 303 square kilometers.
In addition to the mushrooms, the team discovered nine species of endangered animals - the albino marten, otter, flying squirrel, antelope, buzzard, eagle owl, Korean wood owl, black woodpecker and yellow fin sculpin.
The lenok, a fish thought to only inhabit very clean areas, was also spotted on the 1,563-metertall mountain.
The team also spotted 117 different spider species on the mountain, accounting for 19 percent of 614 species confirmed living in Korea.
The existence of those endangered species, especially the albino marten, shows the mountain has a very healthy ecological system, said Dr. Heo Chul-ho, who led the research team.
Compared to previous research conducted in 1994, the number of living creatures in the national park rose by 67.7 percent in a decade from 2,040 in 1994 to 3,421 last year.