Evaluation of the Biodiversity of The Kelabit Highlands, Sarawak

Das, Indraneil and Fatimah, Binti Abang and Cheksum, Tawan and Mustapha, Bin Abd Rahman, and Andrew Alex, anak Tuen and Sepiah, Binti Muid and Mohd Tajuddin, Bin Abdullah and Isa, Bin Ipor and Petrus, Bulan and Charlie Justin, Anak Mergie Laman (2005) Evaluation of the Biodiversity of The Kelabit Highlands, Sarawak. In: A collection of research papers for projects funded through IRPA and Fundamental grants. IRPA and Fundamental RESEARCH PAPER SERIES Volume 1 (2005), 1 . Research & Innovation Management Centre (RIMC) , UNIMAS, pp. 57-72.

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Abstract

Reported herein are the preliminary results of an evaluation of the biota of Mount Murud, Sarawak’s highest mountain massif within the Kelabit Highlands. Supported by an IRPA grant, inventories, systematic and ecological studies of selected groups of plants and animals were conducted in an attempt to evaluate the biodiversity and compile baseline data of this montane region for the management and conservation of these vital resources. This study reveals several new records of montane endemics and distribution. Several species found are new records for Mt. Murud, being reported in the past only from Mt. Kinabalu, the Crocker Range massifs, Gunung Mulu and G. Api, and in the case of macromoths, Bukit Retak, Brunei. The colubrid snake Stoliczkia borneensi, the scincid lizard Brachymeles apus and the ranoid frogs Meristogenys whiteheadi and Rhacophorus angulirostris are among these new records. Well-known endemics among the butterflies, which are previously only known from Mt. Kinabalu, Mulu and the Crocker range massifs are now also known from the Kelabit Highlands. These are Ptychandra talboti, Parantica crowleyi, Delias ninus parthenia, Kaniska canace maniliana, and Eurema tominia nabalua. All these represent range extensions of over 1,000 km to the south-west. Several new species are reported for the first time for Mt Murud and these include the amphibians and reptiles, Pelophryne sp. 1, Pelophryne sp. 2, Polypedates sp., Megophrys sp. and Sphenomorphus sp., respectively. For scarcity of previous work in Mount Murud, a large number of unidentified specimens remain, including a number of species that do not readily fit into currently recognised species. These include representatives of all the biota. An overall impression of the flora and fauna of Mount Murud as compared to Mt Kinabalu is that it is reminiscent of that of the middle elevations of Mt. Kinabalu.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: Mt Murud, biodiversity, montane, Borneo, unimas, university, universiti, Borneo, Malaysia, Sarawak, Kuching, Samarahan, ipta, education, , research, Universiti Malaysia Sarawak.
Subjects: S Agriculture > SD Forestry
Divisions: Academic Faculties, Institutes and Centres > Faculty of Resource Science and Technology
Depositing User: Gani
Date Deposited: 17 May 2019 08:19
Last Modified: 17 May 2019 08:19
URI: http://ir.unimas.my/id/eprint/24973

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