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The first volume of A Taxonomic Guide to the Stick Insects of Borneo stunned the entomological world with its extensive photographs and comprehensive identification keys. Volume II of A Taxonomic Guide to Stick Insects of Borneo continues in this tradition to open new trails to a better understanding of Bornean stick insect fauna.
This time, the author concentrates his efforts on the stick insects of Mount Trusmadi, the second highest mountain in Borneo, with her peak at 2642 m asl. Besides Trusmadi, the author also studied, the drawers of the entomological collections of Kinabalu Park and Forest Research Centre Sepilok.
Dr Francis Seow-Choen is a world-renowned Colo-rectal surgeon in private practice in Singapore. He is often in demand as a speaker and demonstrator of all things related to his professional specialty. In spite of this hectic schedule and demand on his time, he still spends an inordinate amount of time trampling and understanding the creatures of our forests, especially those of stick insects and especially here in South East Asia.
He believes profoundly that this world can only be understood by a personal interaction with nature. “Too many people”, Francis laments, “understand nature only through the video screens of television and computers.” “This is not understanding. This is arrogance and this leads to a ‘Don’t touch! Don’t interact!’ attitude. When the natural world disappears, man’s soul dies and with it man as a creature of this earth. A lack of understanding leads to fear and avoidance of the feared object.” Dr Seow-Choen believes that documentation of what he encounters leads to a better understanding of these creatures. A better understanding leads to better appreciation. Better appreciation leads to a love for these things. Love is what sustains and keeps the world pristine for both nature and man.
Dr Seow-Choen is a man on a mission: to draw humanity and the natural world together. One cannot survive without the other. But together we can enjoy; sustain and nourish each other for a better world.
Volume II lists 373 Bornean species or subspecies from 92 genera, with descriptions of 4 new genera, 1 genus new to Borneo, 37 new species, 4 new name combinations, 3 new synonyms; 2 wrong synonyms and 9 descriptions of the previously unknown sex of known species. Together these two volumes will have described 19 new genera with 88 new species.
This volume is an indispensable reference to anyone interested in the insect fauna of Borneo; no matter if it’s just for admiring the splendid photographs or trying to identify an insect in the forest or most essentially for the person working through a taxonomic problem.