Understanding The Behaviour and Ecology of Different Species

Fauna Research and Conservation

We study the unique behaviour and ecological needs of our fauna through research and species conservation activities.

Our Fauna Findings

Liphistius Kanthan
Gunung Kanthan

Kanthan Trapdoor Spider: The spider got its name because it lives in a hole on the wall of Gua Kanthan. The radiating webs project outward from the nest, enabling it to sense any movement of preys that pass through its nest. When the spider senses any vibration on the webs, it will open the door and catch the prey.

Cyrtodactylus Guakanthanensis
Gunung Kanthan

Gua Kanthan Bent-Toed Gecko is a new species that can be found only at Gunung Kanthan. This lizard is active during the night at the limestone walls, adjacent boulders surrounded by the limestone forests and limestone forest vegetation.

Charopa Lafargei
Gunung Kanthan

The Lafarge Snail is a microsnail with 1.6mm height and 1.7mm width and was initially thought to be only found on a hill in the Kanthan Quarry buffer zone. However, a comprehensive landsnail study done in 2016 has proven that this little creature also inhabits other limestone hills in the Kinta Valley.

Blue Rock-Thrush (Monticola Solitarius)

Locally common bird found in the right habitat such as rocky areas and limestone outcrops, usually solitary or in pairs. It often forages on limestone cliffs for small invertebrates.

Brown-winged Kingfisher (Halcyon amauroptera)

Uncommon and localised large size kingfisher with huge bill. It occurs from north eastern coast of India through Bangladesh and Myanmar to the Malay Peninsula (only in Langkawi). Prefers mangrove habitats and feeds mostly on crabs and other crustaceans.

Banded Kingfisher (Lacedo pulchella)

A fairly common resident kingfisher of lowland forest, and frequents use middle storey where it hunts for small vertebrates and invertebrates. Very vocal particularly at dawn and dusk, and often perches motionless for long periods.

Great Hornbill (Buceros bicornis)

A widespread but generally scarce resident throughout the region. It occurs in broadleaved evergreen forest, and forest on some larger islands. Unmistakably large in size, mostly yellowish bill, casque, and neck. Often spotted in pairs, flying slowly high above the trees.

Laced Woodpecker (Picus vittatus)

Locally common resident woodpecker at low elevations, and prefers mangrove and coastal area. Usually solitary or in pairs, and forages mainly by tapping and probing into dead and living trunks and branches.

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