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Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Borneo Herping Trip - Part I


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In March 2016, I spent 3 nights herping at a montane forest of Sabah with 3 guests of mine. Because of the extremely dry weather, we didn't find many species of snakes despite looking hard. However, finding a Hypsicalotes kinabaluensis more than made up for all these! More pictures of this stunning lizard later!

If you are interested in joining me on either a herping trip or macro photography workshop, please feel free to contact me.

You can find Part II of the herping trip here.

Snakes

I spotted this pale salmon-colored White-spotted Cat Snake (Boiga drapiezii) while walking back to the guesthouse on our final night of herping at the montane forest!
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What a beauty! Very different from all other Boiga drapiezii I have seen and photographed before!
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White-spotted Cat Snake (Boiga drapiezii)
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We saw many of these Schmidt's Reed Snake (Calamaria schmidti)
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Schmidt's Reed Snake (Calamaria schmidti)
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Schmidt's Reed Snake (Calamaria schmidti)
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Lady Luck smiled upon me and I found this stunning Griswold's Reed Snake (Calamaria griswoldi) on our final night there.
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More pics of this beauty! Griswold's Reed Snake (Calamaria griswoldi)
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It has beautiful bright, orange venter! Griswold's Reed Snake (Calamaria griswoldi)
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Griswold's Reed Snake (Calamaria griswoldi)
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Lizards

This was probably the highlight of all our finds at this location: Kinabalu Crested Dragon (Hypsicalotes kinabaluensis)
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Another portrait of this handsome dragon. Kinabalu Crested Dragon (Hypsicalotes kinabaluensis)
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Full body shot of this gorgeous Hypsicalotes kinabaluensis
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Kinabalu Crested Dragon (Hypsicalotes kinabaluensis)
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Kinabalu Crested Dragon (Hypsicalotes kinabaluensis)
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Kinabalu Crested Dragon (Hypsicalotes kinabaluensis)
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Undescribed(?) species of Green Crested Lizard (Bronchocela cf. shenlong).
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Beautiful lizard, Phoxophrys cephalum
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Phoxophrys cf. cephalum.
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Phoxophrys cf. cephalum.
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Kinabalu Bent-toed Gecko (Cyrtodactylus baluensis)
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Another Kinabalu Bent-toed Gecko (Cyrtodactylus baluensis)
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Another Kinabalu Bent-toed Gecko (Cyrtodactylus baluensis)
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Frogs

Despite the extremely dry weather, we still managed to find lots of frogs.

Montane Large-eyed Litter Frog (Leptobrachium montanum)
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Montane Large-eyed Litter Frog (Leptobrachium montanum)
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A metamorph of Montane Large-eyed  Litter Frog (Leptobrachium montanum)
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Montane Large-eyed  Litter Frog (Leptobrachium montanum)
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Golden-legged Bush Frog (Philautus aurantium)
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Golden-legged Bush Frog (Philautus aurantium)
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Golden-legged Bush Frog (Philautus aurantium)
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Kinabalu Torrent Frog (Meristogenys kinabaluensis)
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Kinabalu Torrent Frog (Meristogenys kinabaluensis)
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Juvenile Kinabalu Torrent Frog (Meristogenys kinabaluensis)
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Juvenile Kuhl's Creek Frog (Limnonectes kuhlii)
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A bigger Kuhl's Creek Frog (Limnonectes kuhlii)
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A bigger Kuhl's Creek Frog (Limnonectes kuhlii)
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An even bigger Kuhl's Creek Frog (Limnonectes kuhlii)
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Moutain Slender Litter Frog (Leptolalax sabahmontanus)
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Moutain Slender Litter Frog (Leptolalax sabahmontanus)
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Moutain Slender Litter Frog (Leptolalax sabahmontanus)
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Masked Tree Frog (Rhacophorus angulirostris)
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Masked Tree Frog (Rhacophorus angulirostris)
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Masked Tree Frog (Rhacophorus angulirostris), a different individual.
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Kinabalu Tree Frog (Rhacophorus baluensis)
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Kinabalu Tree Frog (Rhacophorus baluensis)
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A juvenile Mossy Bush Frog (Philautus macroscelis)
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A juvenile Mossy Bush Frog (Philautus macroscelis)
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A juvenile Mossy Bush Frog (Philautus macroscelis)
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Mossy Bush Frog (Philautus macroscelis)
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Mossy Bush Frog (Philautus macroscelis)
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Mossy Bush Frog (Philautus macroscelis)
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Mossy Bush Frog (Philautus macroscelis)
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Green Spotted Rock Skipper (Staurois tuberilinguis)
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Mjoberg's Bush Frog (Philautus nephophilus).
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Mjoberg's Bush Frog (Philautus nephophilus).
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Mountain Torrent Frog (Meristogenys amoropalamus)
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Mountain Torrent Frog (Meristogenys amoropalamus)
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Peter's Bush Frog (Philautus petersi)
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Philautus petersi IMG_1937 copy

Shrill Bush Frog (Philautus acutus)
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Kinabalu Slender Toad (Ansonia hanitschi)
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Kinabalu Slender Toad (Ansonia hanitschi)
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Xenophrys baluensis with a leech on its body
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Others

Lantern bug / lanternfly, Pyrops heringi
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Big, fluffy Jumping Spider (Hyllus cf giganteus)
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Delias cinerascens cinerascens.
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Beautiful Green Dragontail butterfly (Lamproptera meges meges)
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Darkling Beetle (Tenebrionidae) with red mites
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Darkling Beetle (Tenebrionidae) with red mites
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Darkling Beetle (Tenebrionidae). Cerogria sp? Suggested by Simon Shim.
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Green beetle.  Pseudochalcothea sp., possibly P. spathulifera. ID credit: Simon Shim, Spidery Claudy.
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Green beetle.  Pseudochalcothea sp., possibly P. spathulifera. ID credit: Simon Shim, Spidery Claudy.
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Tiny red Longhorn Beetle (Cerambycidae) Probably, Astathes (Tetraophthalmus) japonica (Thomson, 1857). - ID credit: Francesco Vitali.
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 Probably, Astathes (Tetraophthalmus) japonica (Thomson, 1857). - ID credit: Francesco Vitali.
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 Probably, Astathes (Tetraophthalmus) japonica (Thomson, 1857). - ID credit: Francesco Vitali.
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We found many Trilobite Beetle (Platerodrilus sp.)
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Click Beetle (Elateridae). Sinuaria aenescens - ID suggested by Simon Shim
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Click Beetle (Elateridae). Sinuaria aenescens - ID suggested by Simon Shim
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Click Beetle (Elateridae). Sinuaria aenescens - ID suggested by Simon Shim
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Unidentified Longhorn Beetle (Cerambycidae).
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Longhorn Beetle (Cerambycidae). Eburiomorpha guttata - ID credit: Simon Shim.
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Longhorn Beetle (Cerambycidae). Eburiomorpha guttata - ID credit: Simon Shim.
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Beautiful Leaf Beetle (Chrysomelidae). Agasta formosa - suggested by Simon Shim.
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Agasta formosa - suggested by Simon Shim.
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Harvestman (Opiliones) eating something
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Harvestman with the carcass of an assassin bug.
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Leaf Rolling Cricket (Gryllacrididae )
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Katydid, Mecopoda elongata
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Unidentified katydid
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Juvenile female Dragon-head Katydid (Lesina sp.)
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Juvenile female Dragon-head Katydid (Lesina sp.)
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Dragon-head Katydid (Lesina sp.)
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Dragon-head Katydid (Lesina sp.)
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Dragon-head Katydid (Lesina sp.)
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Blattodea
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A different species of Blattodea
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Blattodea
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Unidentified tarantula
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Another tarantula
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And another tarantula
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A different, and smaller type of tarantula
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A different, and smaller type of tarantula
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We came across many stick insects. Here are some of the more interesting ones:
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Mating pair of stick insect
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Spiny stick insect. Adult female of Parastheneboea exotica
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Spiny stick insect. Adult female of Parastheneboea exotica
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Adult male of Nescicroa terminalis  (ID credit Francis Seow-Choen)
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Stick Insect (Phasmid)
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Stick insect in the middle of molting
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Really cool stick insect: Pseudodiacantha sp. - ID suggested by Bruno Kneubuhler.
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 Pseudodiacantha sp. - ID suggested by Bruno Kneubuhler.
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Pseudodiacantha sp. - ID suggested by Bruno Kneubuhler.
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Land Snail. Kalamantania whiteheadi - ID credit: Menno Schilthuizen
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Twig Spider (Ariamnes sp.)
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Caterpillar
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Arctiinae, Erebidae - ID credit: John Horstman.
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The biggest Hammerhead Worm (Bipalium sp.) I have ever seen. This one was at least 8 inches long!
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Flies sleeping on the same perch at night
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Pink mushrooms (!) with a cricket on one of them.
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If you are interested in joining me on either a herping trip or macro photography workshop, please feel free to contact me.

1 comment:

  1. These are some seriously amazing pictures of wild life. Mother nature is truly fascinating and never ceases to amaze. This is a great post. Well done on it. Do keep us posted with more.

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