Bewani Mountains

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Bewani Mountains
Bewani Mountains is located in Papua New Guinea
Bewani Mountains
Bewani Mountains
Highest point
Elevation 1,960 m (6,430 ft)
Coordinates 3°10′00″S 141°15′00″E / 3.1666667°S 141.25°E / -3.1666667; 141.25Coordinates: 3°10′00″S 141°15′00″E / 3.1666667°S 141.25°E / -3.1666667; 141.25
Geology
Age of rock Late Eocene-Early Oligocene
Mountain type Mountain range

Bewani Mountains is a mountain range in northwestern Papua New Guinea. Together with the Torricelli Mountains and Prince Alexander Mountains it forms the North Coastal Range of Papua New Guinea.[1] Highest point of the mountains is at 1,960 m.

Geology[edit]

The Bewani-Torricelli-Prince Alexander Mountains, are presumed to have been formed as an island arc in the Late Eocene-Early Oligocene.[2]

Ecology[edit]

As other mountain ranges in Papua New Guinea it is home to many rare species of fauna and flora and is highly biodiverse. The black sicklebill (Epimachus fastuosus) is a threatened species which is known from a few localities in the Bewani and Torricelli mountains.[1] Fiwo, a subspecies of the tenkile (Dendrolagus scottae) tree-kangaroo, is thought to be endemic to the Bewani Mountains.[3] Two frog species described in 2000/2001, Cophixalus bewaniensis and Choerophryne longirostris, are so far only known from the Bewani Mountains.[4][5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Birdlife International: North Papuan mountains, retrieved 11 August 2010
  2. ^ P. V. Crowhurst, et al.: Thermochronological and geochemical constraints on the tectonic evolution of northern Papua New Guinea, in Geological Society, London, Special Publications; 1996; v. 106; p. 525-537, retrieved 11 August 2010
  3. ^ Tenkile Conservation Alliance, retrieved 11 August 2010
  4. ^ Frost, Darrel R. (2014). "Cophixalus bewaniensis Kraus and Allison, 2000". Amphibian Species of the World: an Online Reference. Version 6.0. American Museum of Natural History. Retrieved 4 May 2014. 
  5. ^ Frost, Darrel R. (2014). "Choerophryne longirostris Kraus and Allison, 2001". Amphibian Species of the World: an Online Reference. Version 6.0. American Museum of Natural History. Retrieved 4 May 2014. 

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