Animals of Phang Nga Bay
There's at least one fruit bat colony
living around Bat Cave or Oyster Hong.
The fruit bats populating
the Indo-Pacific region almost all belong to the Cynoprterus sub-family,
with four highly probable species in the Penak colony. Academics
arguing fruit bat taxonomy
One of the most unusual little inhabitants of the mangroves and wetlands area are the crabs of the family Ocypodidae, more commonly known as fiddler crabs. The name comes from the male of the species, which has one greatly enlarged claw used in social displays and jousting with rival males.
You may not see that many on the day trips since the Hongs would have
to empty of water before they would come out, but we do see them all
the time on our expeditions and kayak camps.
The role that the fiddler crab plays in the Mangal Ecosystem (Mangroves) is extremely important. It is a sediment feeder and digests the organic matter that has fallen, transforming it into one of the mangrove's fertilizers that provides important nutrients to the whole eco-system. All creatures, great and small, play their part in any eco-system and removing even one small part can break down that system.
To most people, all mudskippers or pla teen in Thai, look the same. But the truth is ... if you look closely, they don't.
Unlike most fishes, mudskippers don't like to swim. With the ability to obtain oxygen through their moist skin, they forage, flirt and fight on mudflats and the soggy ground of mangrove forests during low tide. When the water level rises, some species retreat to burrows; others, like this fellow, find a perch on the trees' stilt roots.
- Lagoon, Hongs, Caves
- Animals of Phang Nga Bay
- Birds of Phang Nga Bay
- Nature Guide
- Year-Round Season