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Borneo - Sabah, Sarawak

Discussion in 'Field Trips (Natural Habitats)' started by Dark Raptor, Feb 27, 2014.

  1. Dark Raptor

    Dark Raptor Arachnoprince Old Timer

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    Two years ago I was able to realize the dream of my life. I spent a month in the rainforests of Borneo, hiking, eating, sleeping and taking pictures ... I put here a small part of my (and my wife's) work. We took more than 8,000 pictures with many, many animals and plants.

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    Oecophylla smaragdina

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    Hemithyrsocera sp.

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    Orisma ichneumon

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    Ground gecko, defensive position :)

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    Systella sp.

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    Rafflesia keithi

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    Oxyopidae

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    Unidentified toad

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    Batocera victoriana

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    Homo sapiens (me) and "small" spider web (there were also many times larger webs in the area, but the light wasn't good enough to take their pics).
     
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  2. persistent

    persistent Arachnopeon

    Wow! Impressive pictures :) Def a trip I'd like to do one day
     
  3. Dark Raptor

    Dark Raptor Arachnoprince Old Timer

    Yes. This place is really worth to see. In the next 10-20 years, most of the Borneo rainforests will be destroyed.

    More pictures...

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    Kinabalu National Park

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    Scutigera sp.

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    Dorcus sp.

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    Rhinocochlis nasuta

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    Flatidae bug

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    Unknown Salticidae

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    Mycetophagous Diplopoda

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    Rainforest from the air.

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    Heliconia sp.

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    Gasteracantha sp.
     
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  4. Spepper

    Spepper Arachnodemon

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    That is one beautiful green snail! (And so is everything else!)
     
  5. Dark Raptor

    Dark Raptor Arachnoprince Old Timer

    Thanks. I also found this, very rare green semi-slug. Described in 2008.

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    Ibycus rachelae

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    Gasteracantha arcuata

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    Unknown lizard

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    Crab

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    Haaniella grayii

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    Heterometrus sp.

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    Odontolabis sp.

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    Unknown mantis

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    Pseudochalcothea sp.

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    Sparassidae
     
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  6. tarcan

    tarcan Arachnoking Old Timer

    some wonderful shots, thank you for sharing!
     
  7. Philth

    Philth N.Y.H.C. Arachnosupporter

    Great stuff!

    Later, Tom
     
  8. syndicate

    syndicate Arachnoemperor Old Timer

    USA
    Very nice photos thanks for sharing!I really want to visit Borneo one day!!!
    -Chris
     
  9. jbm150

    jbm150 Arachnoprince

    Absolutely magnificent pictures, thank you so much for posting them! You're not just good at taking pictures, you're a great photographer. Hope to see much more!
     
  10. Thanks for sharing and I am happy that you had a dream come true. =)
    Awesome pictures!!
     
  11. Dark Raptor

    Dark Raptor Arachnoprince Old Timer

    Thank you very much :) I should mention, that many of these pictures were also taken by my wife (we are both biologists-photographers) :)

    You have to hurry, rainforests of Borneo dissapear very quickly. This image doesn't need any comment: http://math.ucr.edu/home/baez/diary...neo-1950-2005-and-projection-towards-2020.png

    Ok, a bit more... I've got a lot of this stuff :p

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    Diastocera wallichii

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    Unknown shieldbug

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    Pycanum rubens nymph

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    Adult Pycanum rubens

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    Gecko

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    Glomeridae

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    Unknown jumping spider

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    Duliticola sp.

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    Probably Haplopelma doriae, male.

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    Camponotus gigas, probably the largest ant on Earth.

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    And movie with that ant, recorded in Mulu National Park.
     
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  12. korg

    korg Arachnobaron

    Wow, great thread. Those Duliticola beetles are absolutely amazing.
     
  13. Dark Raptor

    Dark Raptor Arachnoprince Old Timer

    Thanks :)
    Yes, this beetle was one of the main goals of this trip.

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    Duliticola sp., with possible male of that species.

    And few "backstage" and landscape pictures...

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    Taking pictures in the rainforest.

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    I felt like a kid in the candy shop :D

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    Mountain rainforest - Kinabalu National Park.

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    Lowland rainforest - Mulu National Park

    And more animals...

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    Araneidae

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    Longhorn beetle taking off...

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    Probably Lampropelma sp. "Borneo Black"

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    Panesthia sp.

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    Another jumping spider.
     
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  14. The Snark

    The Snark هرج و مرج مهندس Old Timer

    How the heck did you catch that beetle at take off?
     
  15. Philth

    Philth N.Y.H.C. Arachnosupporter

    Great stuff as usually, thanks for sharing. I suspect this is not a Lampropelma though. The tarsus and metatarsus seem to narrow, but pretty spider whatever it is.


     
  16. Dark Raptor

    Dark Raptor Arachnoprince Old Timer

    Longhorned beetles need few seconds to start. If you are lucky, you move your camera to get everything in DOF, press the shutter... et voila!
    I took macro pictures in manual mode. With time set to 1/250s it is much easier to freeze insect movement. But I loved my old Nikon D70s with speedlight synchronisation at 1/500s. Shots like this one were also possible:
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    Thanks for the ID. My friend, more familiar with theraphosids, told me that this Lampropelma and Phormingochilus everetti are most common in Mulu area. Maybe it is something else.

    More insects this time...

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    Nistrus sp.

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    Passalidae

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    Ceratocrania macra

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    Theodosia westwoodi

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    Pseudonemophas baluanus

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    Chrysosoma sp.

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    Sphingidae

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    Lyssa menoetius

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    My wife with Attacus atlas. These huuuuge moths were hitting our windows every night. For the first time, we thought that it was a bat.

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    Probably Pheidole ant queen.
     
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  17. oldmanofthesea

    oldmanofthesea Arachnoknight

    Thank you for the awesome photos of your trip. Ron
     
  18. Dark Raptor

    Dark Raptor Arachnoprince Old Timer

    Thank you :)

    Spiders are coming back...

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    Sparassidae

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    Gasteracantha

    Unknown jumping spiders from Mulu and Kinabalu National Parks.

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    And two stick insects from Kinabalu

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  19. The Snark

    The Snark هرج و مرج مهندس Old Timer

    To narrow or too narrow?
     
  20. Philth

    Philth N.Y.H.C. Arachnosupporter

    Sorry I meant two narrow. Great pics Dark Raptor, I'm loving this thread.

    Later, Tom
     
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