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Pauwels O.S.G.,Institute Royal Des Science Naturelles Of Belgique | Sumontha M.,Ranong Marine Fisheries Station | Kunya K.,Nakhonratchasima Zoo | Nitikul A.,Khao Phra Thaeo Non hunting Area | And 3 more authors.
Zootaxa | Year: 2015

We describe a new lowland forest-dwelling species of the genus Acanthosaura from Phuket Island and the Phuket moun-tain range in southwestern Thailand. Acanthosaura phuketensis sp. nov., the 11th species in the genus, seems most closely related to A. crucigera from Myanmar and western Thailand and A. cardamomensis from the Cardamom Mountains, but can be differentiated from them by a combination of morphological and coloration characteristics. This new discovery stresses the importance of preserving the last forest patches remaining on Phuket Island, home to three other squamate endemics. Copyright © 2015 Magnolia Press.

Sumontha M.,Ranong Marine Fisheries Station | Pauwels O.S.G.,Institute Royal Des Science Naturelles Of Belgique | Kunya K.,Nakhonratchasima Zoo | Nitikul A.,Khao Phra Thaeo Non hunting Area | And 2 more authors.
Zootaxa | Year: 2012

We describe a new sylvicolous Cyrtodactylus Gray from Phuket Island, southwestern peninsular Thailand, having a banded pattern, precloacal groove, continuous series of enlarged pore-bearing femoro-precloacal scales, and strongly developed tuberculation-characters that distinguish it from all congeneric taxa except C. macrotuberculatus Grismer & Ahmad, 2008 from Peninsular Malaysia, from which it can be separated mainly by having three instead of four dark bands between the limb insertions and a precloacal groove in females. Copyright © 2012 Magnolia Press.

Osterberg P.,Gibbon Rehabilitation Project | Samphanthamit P.,Gibbon Rehabilitation Project | Maprang O.,Gibbon Rehabilitation Project | Punnadee S.,Wild Animal Rescue Foundation of Thailand | And 2 more authors.
Primate Conservation | Year: 2014

Confiscated and donated white-handed gibbons (Hylobates lar) originating from the local wildlife trade have been rescued by the Gibbon Rehabilitation Project (GRP) and rehabilitated on Phuket since 1992. Here we present some results of this long-term gibbon reintroduction project. Following unsuccessful early release attempts beginning in 1993, GRP has experimented with reintroduction methods and developed a protocol that has succeeded in re-establishing a small independent breeding population in a 22-km2 forest fragment on Phuket. Eight breeding families of gibbons were released into the Khao Phra Thaew non-hunting area between October 2002 and November 2012 using a soft-release reintroduction method in which the gibbons were provisioned with fresh food in the trees for at least one year, or as long as they needed it. The adult pair in the first gibbon family that was reintroduced there has remained together for 10 years post-release, they have maintained the original pair-bond and raised three wild-born offspring. The reintroduced population has seen eleven infants born in the wild, including a second-generation gibbon born to the first wild-born female. Female interbirth intervals and ages at first reproduction in the reintroduced population are comparable with those in wild populations. Of the seven adult females originally released, two remain with their original mates and two remain in the wild paired with different mates. By the end of 2012, three of the six wild groups were not nuclear families, indicating a flexibility of group composition seen in well-studied wild populations.

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