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  SEAVR in Malaysia  
  Editor : Nick Baker  
  ISSN : 2424-8525ii  
  Latest publications :  


Ecology Asia
Singapore Biodiversity Records (Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum)






is a short-note initiative started in 2016. The first year (2016) includes many historical sighting records dating back to 2002.

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. 

Species coverage
Taxa covered by SEAVR include mammals, reptiles, amphibians and fishes only. 

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.

Review Process
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 permission.

Wildlife Trade
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.