Spiders of Malaysia (SOM) FaceBook Page: For Photo Submissions
Spiders of Malaysia (SOM) Flickr Page: For Spider Catalogue (constantly updated)
Being a tropical country with some of the oldest forests, Malaysia is blessed with a huge biodiversity of flora and fauna. A simple tour of local National Parks will reveal the amazing range of magnificent wildlife available, most of which we have never seen before. That said, Malaysia is not very great when it comes to conservative efforts, research and studies- many of the wildlife, especially smaller organisms like insects and spiders, remain unstudied even now. The lack of proper funding and support has led to the limited number of dedicated taxonomists and conversationalist, and we rely heavily on foreign experts to get things done.
If you are a fan of spiders in Malaysia, you would probably noticed that more often than not, the spider you photographed or collected (which doesn’t necessarily have to be uncommon or rare) could not be properly identified due to the lack of reference. This is because there are still a lot of spiders out there that remain undiscovered.
Of course, we are very fortunate to have at least some great (and not to mention relatively easy-to-understand) literatures by Joseph Koh (Common Spiders of Singapore- Web Version), Joseph Koh & Leong Tze Ming (Spiders of Brunei Darussalam), John and Frances Murphy (An Introduction to Spiders of Southeast Asia) etc., in addition to the help of various renowned arachnologists from throughout the globe. As a fan of spiders, I am very grateful to the work done, please keep it up.
That said, you probably noticed that, as of now, there are no books specifically on the spiders of Malaysia, which is understandable since the experts are mostly overseas and could not carry out long-term sampling over here. This is where my friends and I come in, by establishing our small Spiders of Malaysia group. Although we are mere casual macro photographers, we all agree that having a site that catalogues the spiders we find during our outings would be beneficial eventually, especially to those who are interested in the biodiversity of Malaysian spiders. Even though there will definitely be spiders that we could not identify, at the very least they are recorded which will expedite future sampling or cataloguing efforts by interested parties. Special behavioural characteristics will also be recorded.
Spiders of Malaysia (SOM) relies on the public for photos of spiders in Malaysia, which is a faster and more efficient way of unveiling the biodiversity of these arachnids. SOM is basically composed of a FaceBook Page and a Flickr Page. Photo submission is easy: As long as you have a clear photo of a spider (from Malaysia preferably), you are encouraged to submit your photo at the SOM FaceBook page (Please kindly read the Terms and Conditions); if your photo is good enough, it will be published in the SOM Flickr Page for cataloguing. We thank you in advance for your contribution! Let’s try and make a difference!