Discovering Penang through Its Rich Biodiversity

loading The Penang Hill Vampire Crab (Geosesarma faustum). This species can only be found at Penang Hill at an elevation of 700m and above. It is so named because some species in this group have spooky yellow eyes and they are only active at night! Photo: Ahmad Zafir

A study in 2012 revealed that this Banded Bent-toed Gecko (Cyrtodactylus pulchellus) is a new species, unrelated to the banded geckos found in other parts of Peninsular Malaysia. Photo: Husni Che Ngah MORE THAN TWO centuries ago, with the arrival of Captain Francis Light and the East India Company, Penang Island became the first British settlement on the Malay Peninsula. The Island was also one of the first places to delight early European explorers who combed its forests to discover tropical riches. The forests did not disappoint and yielded marvelous specimens of birds, mammals, amphibians, reptiles and invertebrates that were eventually immortalised ...

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