Okinawa Prefecture

Yaeyama Coconut tree group of Ubundoru

Yaeyama coconut tree of Ubundorut grows wild only on Yaeyama Islands. Colonies of this wildness tree can be seen upstream of the Nakama river on the south of the Iriomote-jima Island. There are 100 or more coconuts with heights from 5m to 20m. The length of a leaf is about 3m, and such as Konishinubiwa, Kirukankonoki, Aobanoki, Hosobamukuinubiwa, subtropical trees...

Hanabusa Isoginncyaku (A kind of anemone with poison)

Hanabusa Isoginncyaku inhabits sand and on parts of rocks. The color is pale purple and it has a form like a cauliflower. Its diameter is 30cm, it is mainly discovered at night. It is one of the kinds of coral, which have more than twice as strong poison as a hub in a feeler. When stuck by it, there is a sharp pain like an electroshock, and the affected part swells...

Habukurage (A kind of jellyfish with poison)

Habukurage inhabit Okinawa, which belongs to the family of tropical and on jellyfish poisonous legislation jellyfish. The diameter of an umbrella is from10cm to 13cm. There are 28 feelers with standards of an adult, feelers are elastic, would be expand maximum 2m to 3m. The color of the body is almost transparent it swims freely all over the sea. When a fish...

Ryukyu mejiro (A kind of Japanese white-eye)

It belongs to the white-eye family, and the body length is 11.5cm, and it is smaller than a sparrow. The back, wings, and a tail are dark brown and there is a white ring surroundings the eye. The honey of a flower is liked although an insect is also the staple food. It inhabits the broad-leaf tree woods and the mountains from the flat land and city areas. The...

Yaeyama-kuroki (Ebony)

Ebony of Yaeyama Island is very hard, and it is used as a material of a high-class samisen, it is called eemakuruchi. As for this ebony, the late growth is hard, and it is high quality. In order to make a high-quality samisen, it is better to use the material that is dried for three to five years after cutting. And its production period usually takes about from half...

Imogai

Imogai is commonly called as Habugai. This shellfish inhabits a coral reef, and the form is spiral shell with flat head. The shellfish of a triangular pattern has a deadly poison. If it would be stuck with its needle, may die within 30 minutes. As for the shellfish on a beach, hermit crab lives in inside, there is especially no problem. If stabbed by this shellfish...

Sakisima Habu (a venomous pit viper of the Ryukyus)

Sakisima Habu is widely distributed over the whole area of the mountainous region in Iriomote Island and Isigaki-jima Island. Full length is 60cm to 120cm. And weight is 70g to 700g. As for the color of the body it is based in ashes brown, the color of the back is brown and has a black spotted pattern. Because it is gentle and the motion is calm, it is a different...

Sakishima-suounoki

When the Nakama River of the Iriomote Island is traveled by pleasure boat, it takes about 30 minutes by walk from the ships arrival place, there is the greatest Sakishima-suonoki in Japan. Sakishima-suonoki are high evergreen trees of the Chinese parasol family. It's main feature for the root to have become the shape of a huge board and to crawl on the ground. This...

Kometsukigani (Crab)

The length of the shell of Kometukigani is approximately only 1cm. The nesting cavity is dug in mangrove forests, the mouth of a river, or tidal flats of a bay. At the time of ebb tide, a large herd swallows mud and sand, the contained organic matter is contained there eaten, and the remainder is used as a sand dumpling and breathed out. Therefore the whole surface...

Kishinouetokage (Lizard)

Kishinouetokage belongs to the lizard family and its body length is 40cm, it is the biggest lizard in Japan. It is distributed over the Miyakojima Island or Yaeyama Islands, on the sands near the seashore, and along farm roads and the paths through the woods along a mountain stream are inhabited. It hunts in the daytime, is often seen especially on a day after a...

Okayadokari (Hermit crab inhabit at land)

Okayadokari inhabits the wood along the seashore, the bodily color is purple and the length of a shell approximately 38mm and a snail is used as a house. If an enemy attacks it, it will go inside and will cover with big scissors. It can be said that Okayadokari is comparatively nocturnal, and it has a feature, which exchanges the snail it uses as a house, as it...

Ogomadara (Butterfly)

Ogomadara is the biggest butterfly, which inhabits Japan and is seen on Ishigaki-jima Island, Iriomotejima-Island the whole year. Ogomadara eats Houraikagami, (the kind of the grass) which has a toxin, at the time of larva, and putting the poison into the body, it becomes golden pupa and approximately two weeks later becomes an imago. Because of the poison in it's...

Iriomote wildcat (Mayailurus Iriomotensis)

Iriomote wildcat inhabits Yaeyama Islands all over the world with the new species of the department of a cat only on the Iriomote-jima Island. Bodily hair is dark brown, the weight is 4.5kg, and the length of a trunk is about 50cm, the length of a tail amounts to 30cm from 25cm, somewhat larger than an ordinary cat. The number of habitations is approximately less...

Aoumigame (Green Sea Turtle)

A green sea turtle belongs to department of a sea turtle, swims in three oceans widely inhabit a temperate region and the Mediterranean from the Torrid Zone. It is called Asahigame as well because the radial pattern of shell. The shell length is 107cm from 82cm. Although this turtle is a meat diet, it is eating the plant like the kind of alga in the usually...

Hyoumondako (Octopus)

Hyoumondako belongs to the department of common octopus, and is a small octopus such as the full length of approximately 10cm, which inhabits the coral reef region in Okinawa Islands or Ogasawara Islands. On the surface of the body, there is a belt of a cobalt color, and when excited, it will appear clearly. A crab and a shrimp are used as the staple food, and after...