A note on non-volant small mammals of Pulau Pangkor, Perak, Malaysia

Farah Shafawati Mohd Taib, Mohd Afif Yusoff, Rahaniza Ali, Abdul Rashid Yaacob

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A short survey on non-volant small mammals was carried out during Pangkor Scientific Expedition in Pulau Pangkor from 16 th to 20 th July 2017. We chose Pangkor Selatan and Sungai Pinang Forest reserves as survey sites. The survey involved trapping using cage traps at respective sites. Fifty cage traps were deployed at each sites, while oil palm fruits and ripe banana were used as bait. Overall, a total of 13 individuals from four species and two families were recorded throughout the survey. Muridae was the most abundant with 12 individuals dominated by the Malaysian wood rat (Rattus tiomanicus), followed by Brown spiny rat (Maxomys rajah). Only one individual from Sciuridae was recorded which is the Plantain squirrel (Callosciurus notatus). Sg. Pinang encompassed higher species richness and abundance due to many microhabitat types. One species was categorized as Vulnerable according to IUCN red data list, namely Maxomys rajah. This survey suggested that forest reserves of Pulau Pangkor house a fairly good diversity of non-volant small mammals, and thus should be conserved and protected from intense anthropogenic activities to avoid the colonization of other commensal rodents.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)303-306
Number of pages4
JournalThe Malaysian Forester
Volume82
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2019

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Keywords

  • Non-volant
  • Pulau Pangkor
  • Small mammals

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A note on non-volant small mammals of Pulau Pangkor, Perak, Malaysia. / Mohd Taib, Farah Shafawati; Yusoff, Mohd Afif; Ali, Rahaniza; Yaacob, Abdul Rashid.

In: The Malaysian Forester, Vol. 82, No. 1, 01.01.2019, p. 303-306.

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Mohd Taib, FS, Yusoff, MA, Ali, R & Yaacob, AR 2019, 'A note on non-volant small mammals of Pulau Pangkor, Perak, Malaysia', The Malaysian Forester, vol. 82, no. 1, pp. 303-306.
Mohd Taib, Farah Shafawati ; Yusoff, Mohd Afif ; Ali, Rahaniza ; Yaacob, Abdul Rashid. / A note on non-volant small mammals of Pulau Pangkor, Perak, Malaysia. In: The Malaysian Forester. 2019 ; Vol. 82, No. 1. pp. 303-306.
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