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Jose Mourinho
26-01-2006, 08:21 AM
From The Star this morning (26.1.2006):

Imagine a Fish the size of a Mosquito

PARIS: Scientists said they had discovered the world’s tiniest fish – a species that lives in peat wetlands in South-East Asia and, when fully grown, is the size of a large mosquito.

The record-busting newcomer to the biodiversity book, Paedocypris progenetica, is a distant cousin of the carp, said the discoverers from Europe and Singapore, who published their findings yesterday in Proceedings of the Royal Society B, a British journal.

Skinny and transparent, the elusive fish lives in highly acidic peat swamps on the Indonesian island of Sumatra and in Sabah and Sarawak.

These so-called “black water” swamps are a unique landscape of flooded trees growing in waterlogged, soft peaty soil that is often several metres thick.

The water is stained reddish-black and is acidic, having a pH value of three, the same as a sour apple.

The scientists needed a special stereoscopic microscope to accurately measure the fish.

The smallest adult specimen they netted was a mature female, found in Sumatra, which measured just 7.9mm from nose to tail, making it not only the world’s smallest fish but the smallest vertebrate, too.

By 0.1mm it nudged out the previous record holder, a marine fish of the Western Pacific called the dwarf goby (Trimmatom nanus), which grows to 8mm at sexual maturity.

The team also found a related Paedocypris species, the P. micromegethes, in Sarawak.

At 8.8mm, P. micromegethes is the second smallest freshwater vertebrate ever found. – AFP

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That is what I love about my country. It has an incredible rich flora and fauna (and fish) which cannot be found in other parts of the world.

:)

cherry
26-01-2006, 08:31 AM
I love Malaysia minus the Malaysian crazy drivers, politicians and 5 days working week for banks and government.

AllUrban
26-01-2006, 06:02 PM
That is what I love about my country. It has an incredible rich flora and fauna (and fish) which cannot be found in other parts of the world.

:)

I totally agree with you, Malaysia has incredibly wonderful biodiversity

What scares me would be the people who think that something like a palm oil plantation can replace an old growth natural rainforest.

It also scares me when new developments are opened up and new condominiums are built, even though there are still unfinished condominiums from pre 1997...

It's a question of values...too much development and you can say goodbye to all that wonderful malaysian biodiversity.

And that would be a true tragedy...

Cheers, m

expat1609
26-01-2006, 08:38 PM
I totally agree with you, Malaysia has incredibly wonderful biodiversity

What scares me would be the people who think that something like a palm oil plantation can replace an old growth natural rainforest.

It also scares me when new developments are opened up and new condominiums are built, even though there are still unfinished condominiums from pre 1997...

It's a question of values...too much development and you can say goodbye to all that wonderful malaysian biodiversity.

And that would be a true tragedy...

Cheers, m

totally agree, as much as we love the countries rich fauna and flora, when profit comes in, we have to reconsider/compromise=sacrifice
not talking bout malaysia alone, juz any other country in this world as well :(

CCY
26-01-2006, 08:46 PM
totally agree, as much as we love the countries rich fauna and flora, when profit comes in, we have to reconsider/compromise=sacrifice
not talking bout malaysia alone, juz any other country in this world as well :(

What choice do we have when there is a push to 70 million population. How much more resources would have to be sacrifice just to put a bare shade over each new head. If we can barely manage at 25 million , it would be dreadful to think about it when it reaches 70.

Jose Mourinho
26-01-2006, 08:49 PM
All of you are correct. During a formal dinner I mentioned to a group of people that I dislike people very much. They were all suitably shocked. I explained. Only hypocrites claim that they like people. Human beings are self-centred and selfish by nature. Now by this time, this group of people dressed in ties and suits (and evening gowns with cleavages) were absolutely shocked and disgusted with me. My parting message was that (but) I liked individuals. After all, how can I like people per se? It is individuals - the old man who delivers my newspapers every morning, the two children who play on the road outside my house, the fat man who cooks hokkien mee in the coffee shop near my house, a few colleagues and a few friends... - whom I like. I don't like people at all.

I am not sidetracking. It is people who destroy our flora and fauna.

:)

patrick
26-01-2006, 10:19 PM
Me too, I luv this country. I luv the fact that have friends of other races who are like my brothers and their children, like mine. I luv cultural melting pot and the natural biodiversity. And I too am dreadfully concerned about the abuse of our natural flora, fauna and natural resources. Not only in our beloved country but even in many others too. And I fear the global warming will drive out many people from their beloved island nations like Tuvalu and Maldives.

My only consolation is probably I wont be around when all this 'catastrophies' happen! .... ;-)

expat1609
27-01-2006, 09:11 AM
well CCY, i am far from being an expert in the local property market.
the only thing makes me wonder, are all those empty properties and all those new projects i see around....it simply does not match :confused: