Was notified to collect a Common Palm Civet (Paradoxurus musang) roadkill this morning. We collect carcasses for research and education purposes. Sadly it was so mashed up by the ongoing traffic. Please drive carefully. You can save a life.

Source: Fung Tze Kwan Instagram

Photograph by Marcus A. H. Chua

Sumatran Palm Civet (Paradoxurus musangus) at Grange Road

Location, date and time: Singapore Island, Grange Road; 14 September 2013; 1718 hrs.

Observation: An adult male of 103 cm total length, was found dead and bleeding from his nostrils at the side of the road, presumably having been hit by a motor vehicle. The carcass, in good condition without external injury, was collected and deposited in the Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum at the National University of Singapore.

Remarks: This adaptable animal is widespread and common in Singapore. It can be found in urban areas and is known to inhabit gardens and roof spaces (Baker & Lim, 2012: 152). The Common Palm Civet, Paradoxurus hermaphroditus, has been split into three species by a recent study (Veron et al., 2014). The name Paradoxurus hermaphroditus is restricted to the populations in India, southern China and Indo-china (henceforth as Indian Palm Civet). The form in Singapore, peninsular Malaysia, Sumatra and Java is Paradoxurus musangus (Sumatran Palm Civet), named by Sir Stamford Raffles in 1821 as Viverra musanga based on animals from Sumatra. Those in Borneo and the Philippines are Paradoxurus philippinensis (Philippine Palm Civet).

References:

  • Baker, N. & K. K. P. Lim, 2012. Wild Animals of Singapore. A Photographic Guide to Mammals, Reptiles, Amphibians and Freshwater Fishes. Updated edition. Draco Publishing and Distribution Pte. Ltd. and Nature Society (Singapore). 180 pp.
  • Veron, G., M.-L. Patou, M. Tóth, M. Goonatilake & A. P. Jennings, 2014. How many species of Paradoxurus civets are there? New insights from India and Sri Lanka. Journal of Zoological Systematics and Evolutionary Research. p. 1-14. doi: 10.1111/jzs.12085.

Source: Singapore Biodiversity Records 2014: 295

Asian Koel

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Asian Koel (Eudynamys scolopaceus)
Orchard, 23rd October 2012

These photographs of a dead juvenile Asian Koel were shared by Debby Ng on Instagram. She suspects that it might have been attacked by a Domestic Cat (Felis sylvestris catus).

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Asian Glossy Starling

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Asian Glossy Starling (Aplonis panayensis)
Orchard Road, 27th May 2012

These photographs of a dead juvenile Asian Glossy Starling were taken by Zhao Wan Ting and uploaded on Facebook, where my friend Sean Yap tagged me. Interestingly enough, Wan Ting was one of the attendees at my talk at the Festival of Biodiversity on the importance of documenting animal carcasses.

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