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Zapornia pusilla ssp. mira (Riley)

Bornean Crake (Zapornia pusilla ssp. mira)  

The Bornean Crake, described in 1938, is regarded to as a subspecies of Baillon’s Crake (Zapornia pusilla (Pallas)), but may in fact well represent a distinct species.  

The bird is known apparently only from the type specimen, a female that was collected in 1912 in the eastern part of Borneo.  

The Bornean Crake is more or less similar to Baillon’s Crake, but is smaller and differs somewhat in its coloration.  


edited: 20.03.2018

Petaurillus emiliae Thomas

Lesser Pygmy Flying Squirrel (Petaurillus emiliae)

The Lesser Pygmy Flying Squirrel was described in 1908 based on a single specimen that was collected in 1901 in Sabah, northern Borneo.

It is the smallest of the three species within its genus, reaching a full size of about 14 cm (including the tail).

The species was never found since its description and, probably being restricted to intact forest habitats, may now be extinct since large areas in the region have been converted into oil palm plantations. 


edited: 29.05.2019