Thursday, February 23, 2006
Wagler's Pit Viper - spotted in Sea Almond tree along Upp Bt Timah Road. Photo by Barnie Leow. An adult Tropidolaemus wagleri!!! see my earlier posting about the juvenile one which I saw personally.
Comment by kwokwai: " Nice photo u got there. It's probably waiting for birds or fruit bats."
Tuesday, February 14, 2006
here's an excerpt of his post ".. I am just adding a couple of pics of the black-bearded gliding lizard from Sime Forest. Spent an afternoon looking for them and managed to find a pair of them on a tree. The female is not much to look at but the male looks quite dashing when he flashes his black beard at the female. Pics below are of the handsome one."
Spotted at Siloso Beach, Sentosa on 12th Feb by Windsor Jr. Size is 4.5cm to 5.5cm. My guess is Ghost crab or Ocypode ceratophthalma
Update: Confirmed to be a Ghost crab or specifically Horn-eyed Ghost crab
Quote from Ria "It's quite common and can be seen, sometimes in large numbers on almost all our shores. Even busy and over trampled Changi beach! But only at night."
One more pic here by husky link
A Guide to Seashore Life by Dr Leo W H Tan and Peter K L Ng
Horn-eyed ghost crabs (Ocypode ceratophthalma) on the Shores of Singapore
Thursday, February 09, 2006
rather than me looking for it. I had to laugh when i first saw it cos it
looks like a soccer ball with so many patches. Can hardly see where its real
eyes are. (it must have alot of enemies)
Thanks to Jeremy for helping with the id of this jumping spider!
"A Guide to Common Singapore Spiders" by Joseph K. H. Koh
Wednesday, February 08, 2006
4th Feb at Khatib Bhongsu. This spider was rather big! Slightly smaller than Nephila sp. but heavy bulging abdomen! The web was big too about 1m! its very hard to miss this spider. It is also called a dome-web spider cos of the 3d mesh of web on top and a dome shaped web below. When i saw it it was upside down on the dome. I can't figure if the web catches prey that fly upwards or falls on the dome.. More info on this spider pending! Tell me in the comments if you know more!
id by Shufen
Tent Spider - Cyrtophora moluccensis
A CHECKLIST OF SPillERS FROM SINGAPORE (ARACHNillA: ARANEAE)
Sunday, February 05, 2006
While you are there you should check out here as well.
For more of its common names, check out here
Biodiversity Hotspots - Mountains of Central Asia - Unique and Threated Biodiversity
Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus)
“I have been fascinated by these gliding lizards since I first saw one in a jar in a lab. I have come across some in the wild since then but they were too high up to shoot or I didnt have my gear with me. However, here are 2 that didnt get away. Thanks to the excellent site at Ecology Asia for the ids. Actually they dont fly, but glide down from one tree to another tree - but we all know that!”
#1 Common Gliding Lizard (Draco volans) - From P.Ubin with the "wings" out and waving its characteristic yellow gular flag.
#2 Black-bearded gliding Lizard (Draco melanopogon) - Sime Forest with 'wings' folded.
Ecology Asia : Lizards of Southeast Asia