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The discovery of two spotted leopards (Panthera pardus) in Peninsular Malaysia

Tan Kai Wei, Cedric; Moore, Jonathan; Saaban, Salman; Campos-Arceiz, Ahimsa; Macdonald, David W.


Cedric Tan Kai Wei

Salman Saaban

Ahimsa Campos-Arceiz

David W. Macdonald


We discovered the presence of two individual spotted leopards Panthera pardus in Ulu Muda Forest Reserve, a previously under-researched selectively logged rainforest of Peninsular Malaysia. These findings are unexpected, because only two other studies have detected the spotted morph amongst many other melanistic leopards caught on camera traps in Peninsular Malaysia. We discuss the implications of our findings with respect to the prevalence of melanism among leopards in the region.


Tan Kai Wei, C., Moore, J., Saaban, S., Campos-Arceiz, A., & Macdonald, D. W. (2015). The discovery of two spotted leopards (Panthera pardus) in Peninsular Malaysia. Tropical Conservation Science, 8(3),

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Sep 28, 2015
Deposit Date Nov 13, 2015
Publicly Available Date Nov 13, 2015
Journal Tropical Conservation Science
Electronic ISSN 1940-0829
Publisher SAGE Publications
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 8
Issue 3
Keywords Melanism, Habitat modifications, Felid conservation
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