Enroute to Malaysia, we had a few stops before we reached or first destination in Kuala Lumpur (KL). On the first leg of the trip, we had a nice view of Mt. Rainier from the plane before our layover in Seattle, WA. After a short layover here, we had the longest flight of the trip, close to 12 hours with a late departure. This late departure left us in a bit of a tight connection in Incheon (South Korea), actually a really tight connection ~30 minutes. Thinking to myself “there is no way we are going to make this connection and if we do the possibility of our bags making the connection is very low”. After exiting the plane there were a number of Korean airline employees waiting for us. After a marathon sprint to the train to switch terminals and another marathon through a secondary security check point, we ended up in the correct terminal of our departure gate. Upon arriving in this terminal there was a golf cart waiting to take us to our gate. The cart was playing music to alert people to get out of the way and was reminiscent of 1990s nintendo video game themed music. We were cracking up the entire time. We finally made it to or flight (another six hours to our final destination KL).
After arriving to our hotel, following our bout with the baggage claim attendant for one piece of missing luggage, we finally got some long desired sleep. The next day the students arrived and there was an entire day of walking around and checking out the sights. We walked from Bukit Bintang to the KLCC to see the Petronas twin towers (really we just wanted to go to the amazing book store). Following the book store we decided to go check out some culture hotspots in little India (Brickfields) and China town on or walk back to the hotel to catch our breath before we went to have Thai food and experience some local fruit (including the infamous but delicious king of fruits the durian) on Jalan Alor.
Our dinner stop on the way to the herpetology meetings in Lawrence Kansas. Awesome burgers and fries! Ray’s Tavern in Greenriver Utah.http://m.raystavern.com/main-page.html
Our paper about the repeated evolution of sympatric, paleoendemic co-distributed lineages of Hemiphyllodactylus was just published, check it out. We have been waiting for a long time for this one. DOI: 10.1111/zoj.1225
Grismer, L. L., Wood, P. L., Jr., Anuar, S., Quah, E. S. H., Muin, M. A., Chan, K. O., Sumarli, A. X., and Loredo, A. I. 2015. Repeated evolution of sympatric, palaeoendemic species in closely related, co-distributed lineages of Hemiphyllodactylus Bleeker, 1860 (Squamata: Gekkonidae) across a sky-island archipelago in Peninsular Malaysia Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society, 174, 859–876. [PDF]
Check it out! Our recent paper describing a new species of Cnemaspis from Pulau Langkawi, Malaysia was just published. http://dx.doi.org/10.11646/zootaxa.3985.2.2
Grismer, L. L.,Wood, P. L., Jr., Quah, E. S. H., Anuar, S., Ngadi, E., Ahmad, N. 2015. A new insular species of Rock Gecko (Cnemaspis Boulenger). Zootaxa, 3985(2): 203–218. [PDF]
Our new paper on the independent evolution of cave dwelling ecomorohology was just published. http://dx.doi.org/10.11646/zootaxa.3980.1.6
Grismer, L. L., Wood, P. L., Jr., Tri, N. V., Murdoch, M. L. 2015. The systematics and independent evolution of cave ecomorphology in distantly related clades of Bent-toed Geckos (Genus Cyrtodactylus Gray, 1827) from the Mekong Delta and islands in the Gulf of Thailand. Zootaxa, 3980(1): 106–126. [PDF]