Fig. 1: Roadkill specimen, Jemaluang, Johor. © Tan Heok Hui
Inset: Example from Sungai Bantang, Johor (2015). © Nick Baker

Malayan Porcupine Hystrix brachyura at Jemaluang, Johor, Peninsular Malaysia

Location: Jemaluang, Johor, Peninsular Malaysia.

Habitat: Metalled road, next to lowland swamp forest and primary forest.

Date and time: 29 August 2003, 21:45 hrs.

Description of record: An adult (head and body length 60 cm) was found on a metalled road, a victim of traffic road kill (Fig. 1.). The subject appeared to have been crushed in the abdominal region, as indicated by the naked patch extending from its back to its abdomen, and with its innards extruding from the posterior end. The larger quills had become detached from its body.

Remarks: The colour of this specimen appears brownish, in contrast to ‘typical’ examples in which the anterior part of the body is black and sharply in contrast with the white posterior. A typical example from Sungai Bantang, Johor, is shown in the inset to Fig. 1. Similar brownish specimens also appear to exist in Singapore’s central forests, 80 km to the south of Jemaluang (N. Baker, pers. comm.).

Shepherd & Shepherd (2012) summarize the range of this species as “Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia [Kalimantan, Sumatra], Laos, Malaysia [Peninsular Malaysia, Sabah, Sarawak], Myanmar, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. Also found in Bangladesh, China, India and Nepal”. The state of Johor, Peninsular Malaysia thus lies in the southern part of its range.

Reference:

  • Shepherd C. R. & Shepherd, L. A. (2012). A Naturalist’s Guide to the Mammals of South-East Asia – Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. John Beaufoy Publishing, 176 pp.

Source: Southeast Asia Vertebrate Records 2016: 108-109

Photograph by Fei Li

Recent amphibians and reptiles observed at
Panti Forest Reserve, Johor, Peninsular Malaysia

Location: Bunker Trail, Gunung Panti Forest Reserve, Kota Tinggi District, Johor, Peninsular Malaysia

Habitat: Lowland secondary dipterocarp forest and freshwater swamp-forest with shallow streams.

Date and time: 27 June 2016, 07:30-12:00hrs & 17:30-21:00 hrs.

Identity of subjects and descriptions of records: Malayan Krait, Bungarus candidus (Reptilia: Squamata: Elapidae), one roadkill adult found near the entrance of Bunker Trail in the early morning, Fig. 13.

Remarks: The records presented here summarize a recent rapid herpetofaunal survey (8 hours) of Panti Forest. Among the fourteen recorded species two reptiles, Aphaniotis fusca and Bungarus candidus, were not recorded during an overnight survey undertaken in 2002 (Lim & Leong, 2016), or by more extensive surveys conducted in
2006 and 2008 (Chan et al. 2010).

References:

  • Chan K. O., Grismer, L.L., Matsui, M., Nishikawa, K., Wood Jr., P.L., Grismer, J.L., Belabut, D. & Norhayati, A. (2010). Herpetofauna of Gunung Panti Forest Reserve, Johor, Peninsular Malaysia. Tropical Life Sciences Research. 21 (1): 71-82.
  • Lim, K. K. P. & Leong, T. M. (2016). Herpetofauna observed at Panti Forest Reserve, Johor, Peninsular Malaysia. Southeast Asia Vertebrate Records. 2016: 4-7.

Source: Southeast Asia Vertebrate Records 2016: 105-107

An Ocean Sunfish (F. Molidae) was netted in Medina, Misamis Oriental this morning.

Source: Marine Wildlife Watch of the Philippines Facebook

This appears to be a Sharptail Mola (Masturus lanceolatus).

Yet another Finless Porpoise (Neophocaena phocaenoides) stranded in Kalimantan, this time at the Tanjung Keluang Nature Tourism Reserve, Central Kalimantan, 5 days ago (25 Aug’16). No sample has been taken on this one. This is a different stranding from the one at Mempawah, West Kalimantan (see previous post). News from Dwi Suprapti WWF Indonesia.

Source: Whale Strandings Indonesia Facebook

Another Finless Porpoise (Neophocaena phocaenoides) (code 4) was also found at Mempawah, West Kalimantan on 29 August 2016. Sample is currently being obtained by BPSPL Pontianak. Photo from Raja Fajar. News from Dwi Suprapti WWF Indonesia.

Source: Whale Strandings Indonesia Facebook

Photos: Tribun Pontianak, BPSPL Pontianak, Pontianak Post, Chai Jie Fung Facebook

Apologies for the slow updates. A code 4 whale of 4 m length was found at Sungai Batang (Kec. Sungai Pinyuh, Kab. Mempawah, West Kalimantan) 3 weeks ago, but we just received the update today from a local newspaper Tribun News Pontianak. It looks like a baleen whale (Mysticeti), but the condition has deteriorated so much now that ID is a bit difficult. Samples are currently being obtained by BPSPL Pontianak. News from Dwi Suprapti, WWF Indonesia.

Source: Whale Strandings Indonesia Facebook