Ryujin Omukade designated as an urgently designated species (provided by Mr. Fumiho Sato)
On the 29th, the Ministry of the Environment announced that it will designate a total of three rare arthropod species, such as “Ryujin Omukade”, which live in Okinawa Prefecture, as urgently designated species based on the Species Conservation Law. The period is three years from July 1st, and capture, collection, and transfer are prohibited.
The two species other than Ryujin Omukade are “Usobiru Rigokiburi”, which inhabits only Yonaguni Island in the same prefecture, and “Beignet Rigokiburi”, which inhabits only Miyakojima in the same prefecture. Both are recognized as new species in recent research, and since there is a risk of accelerating trading by enthusiasts at home and abroad, we will protect them as urgently designated species.
According to the Ministry of the Environment, there are currently a total of 395 rare species in Japan.