ASIA VERTEBRATE RECORDS
(SEAVR) is a short-note initiative
started in 2016. The first
year (2016) includes many historical sighting records dating back to
SEAVR's objective is to provide a means whereby
simple field observations of
vertebrates made by
wildlife enthusiasts, such
as sightings, ecological notes or new distribution records are easily captured in a timely, consistent, properly archived format for
the interest of other amateur naturalists and professional researchers alike.
Area of Interest
SEAVR's area of interest comprises the nation states of Myanmar
(Burma), Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, Philippines, Brunei,
Indonesia and Timor-Leste. Extralimitally, sighting records from
Papua New Guinea (PNG) are also of interest.
Taxa covered by SEAVR include mammals, reptiles, amphibians and fishes
All that is required is the submission of a reasonable quality digital
image, and basic field notes (e.g. name of observer/photographer, contact
address, location, date, time, habitat etc.). If the editors consider the
record to be worth publishing, we will take it from there. The final
write-up will be emailed back to the contributor for approval, prior to
being published online in pdf format. A typical write-up of a single
sighting record would comprise
between one and three pages of text and images.
When necessary, SEAVR documents are reviewed by a
specialist with experience in the documented taxon or taxa.
Reviewers are mainly well-respected, independent wildlife experts.
Access / Copyright
SEAVR is open-access (OA). Copyright of images, however, remains with the photographer
: images cannot be used outside of SEAVR without the photographer's
Sadly, Southeast Asia's wildlife is often the target of poachers, and this
applies particularly to mammals, reptiles and fishes. Poaching syndicates
are known to search online for the location of prospective wildlife. With
this in mind, SEAVR will refrain from releasing detailed location
information of vulnerable wildlife. However, we may share this information
in confidence with bona-fide researchers.
SEAVR is hosted by ecologyasia
About the Editor
I am a retired geologist. From the age of 23, I spent my entire
working life in the oil and gas industry, based in Singapore and
assigned to projects throughout the Asia-Pacific region.
Wildlife and nature appreciation has long been a hobby. I joined both
the Nature Society (Singapore) and Malaysian Nature Society in the
90's, and in 2001 I started the Ecology Asia website. In 2016 I
started Southeast Asia Vertebrate Records (SEAVR), which allows
amateur naturalists, like myself, to document their animal sightings
in a structured and scientific manner. SEAVR is also proud to host
short-note write-ups by professional researchers.
At 61, I spend my leisure time compiling Ecology Asia and travelling
in the region with my wife, who was
born and raised in Malaysia.