Species: Crocodylus porosus (Reptilia : Crocodilia)
Known Range: South Asia to northern Australia
Size: (Adult) 6 m
Interviewed: Wan Nor Fitri Wan Jaafar, wildlife reproduction biologist (wannorfitri[at]gmail.com)
(Photo: Saltwater crocodile by Wan Nor Fitri Wan Jaafar)
IN MANGROVES, the saltwater crocodile claims top predator position.
And this largest of the crocodiles (adults grow more than 7 meters long) doesn’t just live in saltwater, but thrives in rivers and the intertidal zones on the coast.
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Activity: Rock climbing
Interviewed: Chan Yuen-Li, adventure entrepreneur
(Photo: Climbing Batu Caves’ ‘Circumcision’ in the 1990s – pic courtesy of Chan Yuen Li)
YOU SEE them high up a vast, vertical limestone rock face. These are rock climbers: helmeted, harnessed and with ropes hanging off them like vines.
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Species: Eonycteris spelaea (Mammalia : Chiroptera)
Known Range: Southeast Asia
Size: (Adult) 40-70 millimeter, length of a forearm
Interviewed: Zubaid Akbar Mukhtar Ahmad, bat scientist (zubaid.akbar[at]gmail.com)
(Photo: Eonycteris spelaea by Juliana Senawi)
“DO YOU like durians? Do you like petai?” These are the questions Zubaid asks when he’s trying to win some supporters for bats.
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Species: Whittenia vermiculum (Gastropoda: Diplommanitidae) *
Known Range: Gunung Rapat limestone hill, Malaysia
Size: (Adult) 1.0 – 1.5 millimeters
Interviewed: Foon Junn Kitt, malacologist
(Photo: Whittenia vermiculum by Foon Junn Kitt)
HOW IS this a snail, and not just a tiny, whitish, swirly plastic tube? Even its species name, vermiculum, means ‘wormy’ in Latin, which aptly describes the snail’s shell.
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Species: Pycnoscelus striatus (Insecta: Blattodea)
Known Range: Malaysia, Sumatra, the Philippines
Size: (Adult) 15 mm long , ~diameter of 10-sen coin
Interviewed: Dr Lim Teck Wyn, biologist
(Photo: Shaharin Yussof )
“CUTE” IS how Teck Wyn describes the cave cockroach, Pycnoscelus striatus. “The nymphs”—the juvenile stage of cockroaches—“are adorable, scurrying sort of things.”
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