Friday, 28 July, 2017

A 32 year old man named Harun sustained injuries to one of his thighs when he was attacked by a Tomistoma (Tomistoma schlegelii) while attempting to poison fish at PTPN 3 Sei Meranti in Bagan Sinembah at around 2:00 PM.

Location data

Latitude: 1.672988000000
Longitude: 100.408421000000

Incident details

Outcome: Non-Fatal
Victim Age: 32
Sex: Male
Activity Detail: Attempting to poison fish
Witnessed: Unknown
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Tomistoma Certain
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About the crocodilian


The Tomistoma is a larger, slender snouted crocodilian species, potentially reaching over 5 m (16.5 ft) in length. The Tomistoma is currently distributed within portions of lowland Malaysia (peninsular and Sarawak), Indonesia (Kalimantan and Sumatra), and possibly Brunei. In the past the species may have been much more widespread with unconfirmed records from Thailand and Vietnam, as well as skeletal remains from southern China. The Tomistoma prefers freshwater swamp habitat, particularly peat swamps, but may occasionally be found in larger rivers and lakes as well. Smaller individuals appear to mostly prey upon invertebrates and, despite the slender snout, larger adults may prey upon larger vertebrates including mammals. On rare occasions large Tomistoma have attacked and killed people, and there has been at least one record of attempted predation upon cattle. Current threats to the species include the widespread destruction of peat-swamp habitat (typically associated with the construction of oil palm plantations) and both accidental and deliberate killings.

Estimated Wild Population: under 2,500

Conservation Status: Endangered.

Tomistoma schlegelii

About this record

Last Updated Contributor Incident Link Node Item GUID FKID
2017-07-29 16:06 Brandon Sideleau 100-6555 6555