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2008-10-06 00:00:20

By Jennifer Gomez; Brenda Lim KUALA LUMPUR: Local fish in ponds and rivers in Perak and the Klang Valley are in danger of being wiped out due to two highly aggressive predator fishes which are wreaking havoc in the waterways. Environmentalists have raised the alarm that if the biological invasion by the carnivorous peacock bass and the zebra cichlid (both from the cichlid family) is not checked, it will cause havoc on biodiversity and the livelihood of riverine fishermen. Where these...


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2007-06-25 09:29:23

The Common Treeshrew, Tupaia glis, is a small mammal in the family Tupaiidae. It is distributed throughout Southeast Asia. It is found in the lowland rainforests of Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia and nearby islands. Widespread throughout its habitat range, the Common Treeshrew is evaluated as Least Concern on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. The body length averages between 6.3 and 8.3 inches and the weight is around 6.7 ounces. Upper parts are various colors of olive, reddish...

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2007-06-25 08:31:32

The Sunda Flying Lemur, Galeopterus variegatus, also known as the Malayan Flying Lemur, is a species of Colugo. It is one of only two species of flying lemur, the other being the Philippine Flying Lemur which is found only in the Philippines. The Sunda flying lemur is found throughout Southeast Asia in Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, and Singapore. The Malayan Flying Lemur is in fact not a lemur and does not really fly. Instead, it glides as it leaps among trees. It is arboreal and mainly...

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2007-03-26 18:36:06

Peacock bass is the common name in English for several species of tropical, freshwater fish native to the Amazon River basin of South America. They also exist as non-native species in the following parts of the world: The Dominican Republic, Florida, Guam, Hawaii, Peninsular Malaysia, Panama, Puerto Rico, Singapore and the Virgin Islands. Ichthyologists and expert peacock bass fishermen are quick to point out, however, that the peacock bass is not a true bass, but is a cichlid fish of the...

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  • A terrible or repulsive person.
Regarding the etymology of 'humgruffin,' the OED says (rather unhelpfully) that it's a 'made-up word.' We might guess that 'hum' comes from 'humbug' or possibly 'hum' meaning 'a disagreeable smell,' while 'gruffin' could be a combination of 'gruff' and 'griffin.'