Monday, 11 June 2012

Fun with Nature

To remind every one for caring to nature, Singapore Post issued the fun stamp set features the four endangered species , such as: Common Palm Civet, Black-spotted Sticky Frog, Common Flying Dragon, Common Tiger Butterfly, on October 31th, 2006.

Common Palm Civet
The Common palm civet (Paradoxurus hermaphroditus), also called toddy cat, is a small member of the Viverridae family native to South and Southeast Asia.They normally inhabit primary forests, but also occur at lower densities in secondary and selectively logged forest.They also inhabit parks and suburban gardens with mature fruit trees, fig trees and undisturbed vegetation. Their sharp claws allow them to climb trees and house gutters.
The Common palm civet is an omnivore utilizing fruits such as berries and pulpy fruits as a major food source, and thus help to maintain tropical forest ecosystems via seed dispersal. In 2008, the IUCN classified the species as Least Concern as it is tolerant of a broad range of habitats, is widely distributed with large populations that are unlikely to be declining.
Blackspotted Sticky  Frog
The Black-spotted Sticky Frog (Kalophrynus pleurostigma) is a small frog with a black spot just in front of each of its hind legs. It releases a sticky substance when threatened, thereby making it an unpleasant meal for predators, allowing it to escape from harm.
This species develops in the pitchers of some carnivorous Nepenthes, a habitat that is fast diminishing locally. On a global scale, it is not yet considered threatened by the IUCN.
Common Flying Dragon
Flying Dragons are brown with bluish coloration on the undersides of their wings and a yellow colored dewlap.
Females tend to have bluish dewlaps and yellow coloring on the wings' undersides. Their heads are blunted and fairly short, and each leg has five clawed toes. Flying Dragons have low, long bodies.Its wings are brightly colored with orange, red and blue spots and stripes, and they provide camouflage when folded. The flying dragon can reach lengths as long as 19 - 23 cm.It feeds on arboreal ants and termites.
In order to move from one place to another, Flying Dragons will spread the skin flaps along their abdomens and glide out of trees or from other high areas. They never glide when it is raining or when it is windy.
The Flying Dragons are native to the southwest tropical forests of Asia and India, including Borneo and the Philippine Islands. In the wild, the Flying Dragon will generally claim a territory. This lizard can get to about 20 cm long. Its wingspan is usually 3/4 of its body length.
Common Tiger Butterfly
Danaus  genutia is distributed throughout India, Sri Lanka, Myanmar and extending to South East Asia and Australia (except New Guinea). At least in the South Asian part of its range it is fairly common, locally very common.
This butterfly occurs in scrub jungles, fallow-land adjacent to habitation, dry and moist deciduous forests, preferring areas of moderate to heavy rainfall. Also occurs in degraded hill slopes and ridges, both, bare or denuded, and, those covered with secondary growth.
The butterfly ranges forth in search of its host and nectar plants. It visits gardens where it nectars on the flowers of Adelocaryum, Cosmos, Celosia, Lantana, Zinnia and similar flowers.

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