Biodiversity in Brunei Darussalam (BRN)
 
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Species Families Species Families
Marine 786 139 No
Freshwater 3 3 Yes 55 Kottelat, M. and T. Whitten, 1996
Total 789 142 No
Ref.   Kottelat, M. and T. Whitten, 1996
Conservation Considerable revenue from oil sales has limited the deforestation of Brunei. Forests cover about 33 per cent of the land but were nearly double this area only two decades ago. Brunei is rich in wildlife, some of which is threatened. Nearly 14 per cent of the land area is now protected, and the country has ratified the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora. There is little published information available on the freshwater fishes of Brunei. A recent checklist records 55 species, 30% of the estimated total. The following information is to be sought: - Existence of conservation plans; - Information on major aquatic habitats or sites within the country; - Current major threats to species; - Future potential threats to species; - Contact(s) for further information.
Geography and Climate The terrain of Brunei consists of a flat coastal plain rising to mountains in the east and hilly interior lowlands in the west. There are also many swamps, especially in the west and northeast. Brunei has a humid, tropical climate, with an average annual temperature of about 27°C. The heavy annual rainfall is concentrated in the monsoon season, November to March.

Ref.  Microsoft, 1996
Hydrography The Sungai Belait, the longest river in the country, flows north to the coast.

Ref.  Microsoft, 1996
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