Reuben discovered the mysterious snail above in the forests of Kenyir, long ago. It may seem like just an ordinary snail, but to the trained eye of a malacologist (a biologist who specialises in molluscs), it didn’t look like anything he’d found before in Malaysia. In fact, certain distinguishing features set this snail apart from any other snail in Malaysia, so after a lot of research, Reuben and his friend Siong Kiat Tan set about describing it. They discovered that in fact, no other snails in Southeast Asia’s Sundaland shared the same distinguishing features! Not only is it a new species, it’s also a completely new genus! There’s also a possibility that it could be endemic to the Kenyir area.
They’ve named this strange lonely snail Kenyirus sodhii in honour of Kenyir, and also to honour the memory of Reuben’s late university professor and mentor, Prof. Navjot Sodhi. The New Straits Times featured an article about it on Monday (thanks, Sean Augustin!), which you can read here. Also, Read the rest of this entry
The Kenyir Wildlife Corridor is really teeming with mammals!
Here are more interesting mammal species caught on our camera traps in Kenyir’s forests. We have the king of the jungle, the Malayan tiger, heading our list of new species photocaptures. We have also included new photos of species that we featured earlier.
We have entered two of our photos in the international category of the 2011 Trailcampro trail camera photo contest. If you have the time, please vote for picture #53 or #54 in the International section here (if you prefer ours over the other nice wildlife photos of course). We stand to win a new camera trap to help augment our camera trap coverage in the corridor.
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New species photocaptures
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Rimba was featured in the New Straits Times on 5 June 2011! Journalist Najua Ismail was kind enough to dedicate an entire page to us in the Research & Development supplement last Sunday, providing coverage on the Kenyir Wildlife Corridor Project. Click on the image below to download and read the pdf version!