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Sightseeing in Okinawa (Living things in Okinawa)

Sightseeing in Okinawa (Living things in Okinawa)

This section introduces the creatures of Okinawa. Okinawa Prefecture in Japan is home to many endemic creatures.

It is characterized by black wings and a metallic blue glow on the body. It is found in clear waters, so you will have to go to the northern area of Okinawa Prefecture to see it.

Matrona basilaris japonica

Kutsuwa beetle.
Green or brown. Inhabits forests at night. Size is about 15 cm.

Kutsuwa beetle
Mecopoda elongata

About 20 cm in size. Males are bright green. Found in the central and northern areas of Okinawa Prefecture. They do not move that fast, so it is possible to catch them by hand. If you observe them, please let them go.

Okinawa tree lizard

Sea cucumber.
You can find them on any beach in Okinawa Prefecture. Please enjoy its feel!

Child holding sea cucumber

A small lizard.
Can be found anywhere in Okinawa Prefecture. You can find them if you look for them in the grass, so look for them when you come to Okinawa. Small and cute.

A small lizard
Takydromus dorsalis

A kind of beetle.
Inhabits the northern region of Okinawa Prefecture. It moves while bouncing in front of people walking. As if guiding humans.

A kind of beetle
Sophiodela okinawana

Hermit Crab.
Inhabits non-artificial coastal areas and contiguous with mountains and grasslands. About the size of a baseball.

Hermit Crab
Terrestrial Hermit Crab

Blue in color and tactile like a rubber gas tube. Looks like a shuriken, but don’t throw it.

Blue Starfish
Blue sea star

Inhabits mountain forests in the northern region of Okinawa, Yanbaru, etc. Its wings are short and it cannot jump far.

Traulia ornata okinawaensis

A common tree in Okinawa.
It is a tree that can be found anywhere in Okinawa, but it is believed to be inhabited by spirits. The spirit looks like a red child and is called “Kijimunā.

In the photo, it is rooted in Ryukyu limestone. It is also popular as a bonsai.

Chinese Banyan
Chinese Banyan(Rain tree)

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