There are also 332 species of reptiles and amphibians living in the country, 215 of them endemic to the archipelago.
In 1953, Albert Herre identified 2,117 species of fish in Philippine waters.
These included 330 species of endemic freshwater fish.
Whales, dolphins and whale sharks have also been visiting Philippine waters near the islands, allowing sightings by both marine scientists and commercial fishermen.
More Trivia Richest Biodiversity A great number of rare and exotic animals exist only in the Philippines.
The country's surrounding waters reportedly have the highest level of biodiversity in the world.
But this distinction was soon overshadowed by the fact that the Philippines has been dubbed as the "hottest of the hotspots" by no less than the Conservation International.The Philippines is considered as a mega diversity country and a global biodiversity hotspot.In the 2000 Red List of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN), 418 of the country's 52,177 species were listed as threatened.The country is home to about 9,000 species of flora, a third of which is said to be endemic to the country.It hosts 165 species of mammals, 121 of which can be found only in this part of the world.The Philippine Biodiversity Conservation Priority-setting Program (PBCPP) described these 165 endemic mammal species as endangered or critically endangered.