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Philippines: DENR probes deaths of 15 Pangolins
20th March 2017;

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) is conducting an investigation on the discovery of 15 dead Pangolins (Manis sp.) in Barangay 2, Bacolod City, on March 17, the DENR-Negros Island Region said in a statement Sunday.

According to the initial report of the Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (Cenro)-Bago City, a resident found the Pangolin carcasses wrapped in plastic bags around 10 a.m. on March 16.

The resident brought home one of carcasses to be cooked but when he learned that the act is illegal, he returned it to the place where it was found.

Technicians from the Cenro Conservation and Development Section proceeded to the location to verify the incident, with personnel of Bacolod City Police Station 2.

Inspection revealed that the scales of the mammals were removed.

The animals were brought to the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office-Negros Occidental for tissue sampling.

The carcasses and tissue samples were then transported to a mortuary in Bago City for further analysis to determine the species of Pangolins and the cause of their death.

Pangolins and Anteaters are included under Appendix I of the Convention in International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora.

Source: Sun.Star

These are likely to be Philippine Pangolins (Manis culionensis) from Palawan, although they could also be Sunda Pangolin (Manis javanica), a species not native to the Philippines.

Spanish Mackerel (Scomberomorus sp.) (?)
Tanah Merah, 10th April 2016

A bag of fish parts was found on the beach. Further inspection revealed that the contents comprised various parts of Spanish Mackerel. Whether these pieces of fish were purchased at the market, or came from a fish caught in Singapore waters is unknown. It’s also not known why these were dumped on the shore, although there is a possibility that these were intended as bait for some other marine creature.

Four species of Spanish Mackerel have been documented in the waters around Singapore and Malaysia, and these remains may represent any of these species:

Indo-Pacific King Mackerel (Scomberomorus guttatus)

Narrow-barred Spanish Mackerel (Scomberomorus commerson)

Korean Seerfish (Scomberomorus koreanus)

Streaked Spanish Mackerel (Scomberomorus lineolatus)

Another possible candidate is the Double-lined Mackerel (Grammatorcynus bilineatus):