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Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Borneo Herp Tour, May 1, 2017



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- May 1, 2017
- 8D/7N Field Herp Adventure
- USD$1,270 (approx RM5,700)

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Sunday, January 1, 2017

Best of 2016

Best of 2016

It is the time of the year to round up some of my favorite images taken in the year of 2016. Again, lots of herps (amphibians, reptiles) this year. However, unlike last year, not many species added to my photo collection. Also, most of the images you see here are taken with my new favorite lens - Laowa 15mm 1:1 wide angle macro.

Snakes

#1 Beautiful Red-headed Krait (Bungarus flaviceps), Selangor, Malaysia.
Bungarus flaviceps_MG_4954 copy

#2 Specklebelly Keelback (Rhabdophis chrysargos), Peninsula Malaysia.
Rhabdophis chrysargos_MG_4856 copy

#3 A smallish Blue Bronzeback (Dendrelaphis cyanochloris)  I found one night, Peninsular Malaysia.
Dendrelaphis cyanochloris_MG_5346 copy

#4 Really stoked to have found this cute little neonate Scarce Wolf Snake/Dusky Wolf Snake (Lycodon effraenis). Even though it's not a lifer for me, it's still the first juvenile I have ever seen. Peninsular Malaysia.
Lycodon effraenis_MG_5469 copy (2)

#5 Up close with a Malayan Bridle Snake (Dryocalamus subannulatus). Selangor, Malaysia
Dryocalamus subannulatus IMG_9001 copy

#6 Griswold's Reed Snake (Calamaria griswoldi). One of the prettiest reed snakes ever! Montane forest of Sabah, East Malaysia (Borneo).
Calamaria griswoldi_MG_9974 copy

#7 Beautiful White-spotted Cat Snake (Boiga drapiezii) from the Selangor, Peninsular Malaysia.
Boiga drapiezii_MG_5290 copy

#8 Cuteness overload! White-fronted Water Snake (Hebius flavifrons / Amphiesma flavifrons), Sabah, Borneo.
Hebius flavifrons_MG_0870 copy

#9 A stunning reed snake I found a few nights ago up on a highland in Pahang, with my friend Monty. An exceptionally beautiful Macrocalamous gentingensis
Macrocalamus gentingensis_MG_1026 copy

#10 Vertebral Slug Snake (Asthenodipsas vertebralis). ,Pahang, Malaysia.
Asthenodipsas vertabralis_MG_1357 copy

#11 Malayan Slug Snake / Dark-necked Slug Snake (Asthenodipsas malaccanus), Peninsula Malaysia.
Asthenodipsas malaccanus_MG_3226 copy

#12 Kopstein's Bronzeback (Dendrelaphis kopsteini), Selangor, Malaysia.
Dendrelaphis kopsteini_MG_3386 copy

#13 Aww, look at this little cutie, Mirkwood Forest Slug Snake: Mirkwood Forest Slug Snake Asthenodipsas lasgalenensis), montane forest, Pahang.Asthenodipsas lasgalenensis_MG_4044 copy

#14 Juvenile White-bellied Rat Snake (Ptyas fusca), Peninsula Malaysia.
Ptyas fusca_MG_4324 copy

#15 Adult White-bellied Rat Snake (Ptyas fusca), Selangor, Malaysia
Ptyas fusca_MG_2557 copy

#16 Neonate male Wagler's Pit Viper (Tropidolaemus wagleri). Warm green version.
Tropidolaemus wagleri_MG_5312 copy

#17 Neonate male Wagler's Pit Viper (Tropidolaemus wagleri), West Malaysia. Cool green version.
Tropidolaemus wagleri_MG_4521 copy

#18 Up close with a hatchling of Bornean Keeled Pit Viper (Tropidolaemus subannulatus)
Tropidolaemus subannulatus_MG_0675 copy

#19 Juvenile Black-headed Cat Snake (Boiga nigriceps)
Boiga nigriceps_MG_4880 copy

#20 Up close with a gorgeous Jasper Cat Snake (Boiga jaspidea), Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Boiga jaspidea_MG_1755 copy

#21 Siamese Peninsular Pit Viper (Trimeresurus fucatus), from the highlands of Pahang, Malaysia.
Trimeresurus fucatus_MG_4304 copy

#22 Check out this stunning Elegant Bronzeback (Dendrelaphis formosus). Gorgeous colors and huge eyes. Too beautiful, too cute, Selangor, Malaysia
Dendrelaphis formosus_MG_4255 copy

#23 Up close with a grey form Brown Kukri Snake (Oligodon purpurascens). Selangor, Malaysia.
Oligodon purpurascens_MG_7145 copy

#24 Hagen's Pit Viper (Trimeresurus hageni), West Malaysia.
Trimeresurus hageni_MG_4802 copy

#25 Cameron Highlands Pit Viper (Trimeresurus nebularis), Pahang, Malaysia.
Trimeresurus nebularis_MG_2024 copy

#26 A gorgeous Red-tailed Racer (Gonyosoma oxycephalum) I found some time ago, West Malaysia.
Gonyosoma oxycephalum_MG_4788 copy (2)

#27 Stunning little juvenile Red-tailed Racer (Gonyosoma oxycephalum) from Peninsula Malaysia.
Gonyosoma oxycephalum_MG_4452 copy

#28 A rather small Malayan Krait / Blue Krait (Bungarus candidus)
Bungarus candidus_MG_5258 copy

#29 A really beautiful juvenile Triangle Keelback (Xenochrophis trianguligerus), West Malaysia.
Xenochrophis trianguligerus_MG_4393 copy

#30 Oriental Whipsnake / Asian vine snake (Ahaetulla prasina), Selangor, Peninsular Malaysia.
Ahaetulla prasina_MG_4666 copy (2)

#31 My first melanistic Dog-toothed Cat Snake (Boiga cynodon), Peninsula Malaysia.
Boiga cynodon_MG_4591 copy

#32 Malayan Banded Wolf Snake (Lycodon subcinctus), Selangor, Malaysia.
Lycodon subcinctus_MG_3424 copy

#33 I think this is the prettiest juvenile Slender Wolf Snake (Lepturophis albofuscus) I have ever seen. Malaysia.
Lepturophis albofuscus_MG_1081 copy

#34 Cute little neonate Gold-ringed Cat Snake (Boiga dendrophila), Selangor, Malaysia.
Boiga dendrophila_MG_5047 copy

#35 Common Malayan Racer/Black Copper Rat Snake (Coelognathus flavolineatus), Peninsula Malaysia.
Coelognathus flavolineatus_MG_4983 copy

#36 Sunbeam Snake (Xenopeltis unicolor), Peninsular Malaysia.
Xenopeltis unicolor_MG_5514 copy

Lizards

#37 Awesome dragon! Kinabalu Crested Dragon (Hypsicalotes kinabaluensis)
Hypsicalotes kinabaluensis_MG_9825 copy

#38 Awesome dragon! Kinabalu Crested Dragon (Hypsicalotes kinabaluensis)
Hypsicalotes kinabaluensis_MG_9631 copy

#39 Green-eyed Gecko / Large Forest Gecko (Gekko smithii). About 6.5 inches from snout to vent. Not the largest I have ever seen. Negeri Sembilan, Peninsula Malaysia.
Gekko smithii_MG_3467 copy

#40 Up close with a Smith's Gecko / Large Forest Gecko (Gekko smithii), Selangor, Malaysia.
Gekko smithii_MG_2086 copy

#41 Up close with an Earless Agamid (Aphaniotis fusca).
Aphaniotis fusca_MG_1934 copy

#42 Beautiful skink - Sphenomorphus stellatus, Pahang, Malaysia.
Sphenomorphus stellatus_MG_1223 copy

#43 Bintang Lowland Bent-toed Gecko (Cyrtodactylus bintangrendah), Bintang Range, Peninsula Malaysia.
Cyrtodactylus bintangrendah_MG_2951 copy

#44 Backlit shot of a beautiful Kuhl's Flying Gecko (Ptychozoon kuhli)
Ptychozoon kuhli_MG_7057 copy

#45 Peters' Bow-fingered Gecko (Cyrtodactylus consobrinus), Peninsula Malaysia.
Cyrtodactylus consobrinus_MG_4142 copy

#46 Bell's Anglehead Lizard (Gonocephalus bellii) from the highlands of Pahang, West Malaysia.
Gonocephalus bellii_MG_4307 copy

#47 Up close with a Bell's Anglehead Lizard (Gonocephalus bellii), highland of Pahang, Peninsula Malaysia.
Gonocephalus bellii_MG_4476 copy

#48 Malaysia Bow-fingered Gecko / White-eyed Forest Gecko / Beautiful Bent-toed Gecko (Cyrtodactylus elok)
Cyrtodactylus elok_MG_4688 copy

#49 Another one of my favorite geckos - Cat Gecko (Aeluroscalabotes felinus). Too cute, too adorable! Peninsula Malaysia.
Aeluroscalabotes felinus_MG_4548 copy

#50 Another image of the same gecko.
Aeluroscalabotes felinus_MG_4555 copy

#51 Beautiful Cat Gecko (Aeluroscalabotes cf. dorsalis) from Lupa Masa Jungle Kamp, Poring, Sabah (Borneo).
Aeluroscalabotes cf. dorsalis_MG_0567 copy

#52 Mocquard's House Gecko / Frilled Gecko / Frilly House Gecko (Hemidactylus craspedotus), Peninsula Malaysia.
Hemidactylus craspedotus_MG_2765 copy

#53 Up close with a handsome male Great Anglehead Lizard (Gonocephalus grandis), Selangor, Malaysia.
Gonocephalus grandis_MG_1879 copy

Amphibia

#54 Malayan Horned Frog (Megophrys nasuta)
Megophrys nasuta_MG_4869 copy

#55 Juvenile Malayan Horned Frog (Megophrys nasuta)
Megophrys nasuta_MG_2487 copy

#56 Golden-legged Bush Frog (Philautus aurantium), Sabah.
Philautus aurantium_MG_9135 copy

#57 Juvenile Mossy Bush Frog (Philautus macroscelis)
Philautus macroscelis_MG_9871 copy

#58 Masked Tree Frog (Rhacophorus angulirostris. Montane forest of Sabah, East Malaysia, Borneo.
Rhacophorus angulirostris_MG_9996 copy

#59 Borneo Narrow-mouthed Frog (Microhyla malang), Sabah.
Microhyla malang_MG_0317 copy

#60 Lesser Rock Skipper (Staurois parvus). Sabah
Staurois parvus_MG_0245 copy

#61 File-eared Tree Frog (Polypedates otilophus) from Lupa Masa Jungle Camp, Sabah (Borneo).
Polypedates otilophus_MG_0579 copy

#62 Up close with a Norhayati's Flying Frog (Rhacophorus norhayatii), Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Rhacophorus norhayatii_MG_1852 copy

#63 One of my favorite frogs - Wallace's Flying Frog (Rhacophorus nigropalmatus). Peninsula Malaysia.
Rhacophorus nigropalmatus_MG_4466 copy

#64 Up close with a Wallace's Flying Frog (Rhacophorus nigropalmatus), Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Rhacophorus nigropalmatus_MG_1813 copy

#65 Mahogany Frog (Abavorana luctuosa), West Malaysia.
Abavorana luctuosa_MG_7684 copy

#66 Spotted Litter Frog (Leptobrachium hendricksoni), Peninsula Malaysia.
Leptobrachium hendricksoni_MG_2481 copy

#67 Grumpy looking River Toad (Phrynoidis aspera)
Phrynoidis aspera_MG_7432 copy

#68 Twin-spotted Flying Frog (Rhacophorus bipunctatus) in amplexus, montane forest of Pahang, Malaysia.
Rhacophorus bipunctatus_MG_4017 copy

#69 Harlequin Tree Frog (Rhacophorus pardalis)
Rhacophorus pardalis_MG_4818 copy

#70 Dark-eared Tree Frog (Polypedates macrotis) in amplexus, West Malaysia.
Polypedates macrotis_MG_4635 copy

Lepidoptera

#71 Beautiful moth: Erebinae, Erebidae, male Ischyja subreducta or Ischyja marapok?
Ischyja sp._MG_7066 copy

#72 Record shot of a beautiful butterfly from Lupa Masa Jungle Kamp, Poring (Borneo). Taenaris horsfieldii
Taenaris horsfieldii_MG_0862 copy

#73 Beautiful moth, Theretra nessus. Peninsular Malaysia.
Theretra nessus_MG_2721 copy

#74 A beautiful moth that was attracted to the light at night, Selangor, West Malaysia. Dysphania malayanus
Dysphania malayanus_MG_4718 copy

#75 Far from colorful, but still very beautiful and elegant. Geometrid Moth (Naxa sp., Orthostixinae, Geometridae - ID credit: John Horstman). From Lupa Masa Jungle Camp, Poring, Sabah, East Malaysia (Borneo).
Naxa sp._MG_0353 copy

#76 Sphingidae, Smerinthinae - Amplypterus panopus panopus(?), lowland forest, Peninsular Malaysia.
Amplypterus panopus panopus_MG_4368 copy

#77 Newly eclosed female Atlas Moth (Attacus atlas), Selangor, Malaysia.
Attacus atlas_MG_4654 copy

#78 A male Atlas Moth (Attacus atlas), a sight to behold! Peninsula Malaysia.
Attacus atlas_MG_4502 copy

#79 Beautiful Autumn Leaf butterfly (Doleschallia bisaltide pratipa) we found at night, Selangor, Malaysia.
Doleschallia bisaltide pratipa_MG_3180 copy

#80 Big and beautiful orange moth, Antheraea sp., that was attracted to the light at night, Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia.
Antheraea sp. _MG_3530 copy

Orthoptera

#81 Newly molted female Raspy Cricket / Leaf-rolling Cricket (Gryllacrididae), Selangor, Malaysia.
Molting raspy cricket_MG_1071 copy

#82 A Leaf-rolling Cricket (Gryllacrididae) in her rolled-leaf home. Selangor, Malaysia.
Gryllacrididae_MG_7185 copy

#83 Unidentified Katydid nymph. Selangor, Malaysia.
Backlit katydid_MG_7220 copy

#84 Dragon Head Katydid (Lesina sp.) Sabah.
Dragon-head Katydid Lesina sp. _MG_9782 copy

Arachnida

#85 Awesome Trapdoor Spider (Liphistius malayanus) from Pahang, Peninsula Malaysia.
Liphistius malayanus_MG_4478 copy

#86 Trapdoor Spider (Liphistius desultor?), Peninsula Malaysia.
Liphistius desultor_MG_2922 copy

#87 Tarantula. Lyrognathus robustus? Southern part of Titiwangsa Range, Peninsula Malaysia.
Tarantula_MG_2976 copy

#88 A big female tarantula (Coremiocnemis hoggi) we found on a fern leaf, eating a house centipede. We wondered if someone had lured her out of her lair and placed her on the fern. Malaysia.
Coremiocnemis hoggi_MG_1331 copy

#89 Crab Spider (Thomisidae). Phrynarachne sp.? From Lupa Masa Jungle Kamp, Poring, Sabah.
Phrynarachne sp._MG_0721 copy

#90 Giant Forest Scorpion / Giant Blue Scorpion (Heterometrus spinifer), Malaysia.
Heterometrus spinifer_MG_1910 copy

#91 A huntsman spider with house centipede prey! Can't recall ever seeing a house centipede fallen as prey before! Peninsular Malaysia.
Heteropoda sp. with scutigerid prey_MG_3298 copy

#92 Malaysian Black and Gold Huntsman Spider (Thelcticopis sp.) with a big red katydid prey. Selangor, Malaysia.
Thelcticopis sp._MG_3452 copy

#93 House Centipede (Scutigeridae - Thereuopoda sp.) with a juvenile Malayan Horned Frog (Megophrys nasuta) prey. Malaysia.
Thereuopoda sp._MG_7859 copy

Others

#94 Gray's Leaf Insect nymph (Phyllium bioculatum.) from the lowland forest of West Malaysia.
Phyllium bioculatum_MG_4195 copy

#95 Freshwater Crab enjoying an earthworm it caught. Peninsula Malaysia.
Freshwater Crab_MG_4115 copy

#96 A congregation of Jewel Bugs (Chrysocoris stolli?), Selangor, Malaysia.
Chrysocoris stolli_MG_4278 copy

#97 Big and beautiful cicada, Tacua speciosa?, Selangor, Malaysia.
Tacua speciosa_MG_3433 copy

#98 Parablepharis kuhlii kuhlii mantis (ID credit: dracus). Lupa Masa Jungle Camp, Poring, Sabah, East Malaysia (Borneo).
Parablepharis kuhlii kuhlii_MG_0422 copy

#99 Beautiful (and gravid) female Banded Flower Mantis (Theopropus elegans). Selangor, Malaysia.
Theopropus elegans_MG_0933 copy

#100 Giant Malaysian Shield Mantis (Rhombodera basalis), Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia.
Rhombodera basalis_MG_3520 copy

#101 Nymph of a Dead Leaf Mantis (Deroplatys lobata?, female?), Peninsula Malaysia.
Deroplatys lobata_MG_2819 copy

#102 Up close with a Malayan Softshell Turtle (Dogania suplana), Peninsular Malaysia.
Dogania suplana_MG_3238 copy

#103 Velvet worm! Either Eoperipatus sp. or Typhloperipatus sp., Peninsula Malaysia.
Velvet worm_MG_7645 copy

#104 A mating pair of lanternflies / lantern bugs, Pyrops whiteheadi. Sabah
Pyrops whiteheadi_IMG_0136 stk copy

#105 Really cool stick insect from the montane forest of Sabah, East Malaysia (Borneo). Pseudodiacantha sp. - ID suggested by Bruno Kneubuhler.
Pseudodiacantha sp._MG_9836 copy

#106 Gorgeous red Blister Beetle with muscular hind legs. Male Horia debyi, Meloidae, Selangor, Malaysia.
Horia debyi IMG_7697 copy

#107 Up close with a Hooded Pitta (Pitta sordida muelleri). Taken with the Laowa 15mm. Peninsular Malaysia.
Pitta sordida muelleri_MG_5170 copy

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