Fireflies (Coleoptera: Lampyridae) of Fraser’s Hill, Pahang, Malaysia

Nada Badruddin, Lesley Ballantyne

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Dr. Nada explained that while congregative fireflies live in the estuary, inland forest fireflies occur in
relatively lower abundance but higher in species diversity. This insect occupies a range of habitats from
lowlands to mountain tops and the risk of species loss is greater in the highlands as it supports rare and endemic
species. Two firefly species, new to science, were recorded in her study, namely Medeoptryx fraseri and
Luciola jengai where they were taxonomically described by Ballantyne et al. 2019. Medeoptryx fraseri has
only been recorded in Fraser’s Hill, while Luciola jengai also occurs in Jengai Forest Reserve, Terengganu.
As tropical highlands are known to support many endemic species (Merckx et al. 2015), there could be a
possibility that M. fraseri is endemic to Fraser’s Hill, and further study is required to conclusively determine
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages5
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2020
EventFraser's Hill Symposium 2020 - Virtual
Duration: 16 Dec 202017 Dec 2020


SeminarFraser's Hill Symposium 2020
Abbreviated titleFraser's Hill Forest Complex: Towards achieving state park status
OtherThe first Fraser’s Hill Symposium, organised by WWF-Malaysia and Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM),was held on 16th and 17th December 2020 with an attendance of over 70 participants from the academia,government agencies, environmental NGOs and consultants. Conducted amidst the ongoing COVID19 pandemic, the symposium was executed virtually with all participants, speakers and presenters engaged in the 2-day event from the safety of their home or office.Both WWF-Malaysia and UKM have greatly benefited through this collaboration as it has enabled both parties to share knowledge and expertise and has forged greater rapport and understanding for future collaborations.
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