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Malayan Tiger Pictures, Good pictures of Malayan Tigers, and detailed information on the malayan tiger

Welcome to this section of our tiger pictures web site. This page contains some very beautiful pictures of malayan tigers. Malayan tigers are a beautiful species of tiger. The number of malayan tigers being photographed is going down as their population decreases. Enjoy these wonderful pictures of malayan tigers. Feel free to use these pictures of the malayan tiger for personal uses or for school projects.

Here is some detailed information on the malayan tiger.

The Malayan tiger (Panthera tigris malayensis, Malay: Harimau Belang), found in the southern and central parts of the Malay Peninsula, is a subspecies of tiger found in Thailand and Malaysia. Until 2004, it was not considered a subspecies in its own right. The new classification came about after a study by Luo S-J et al. from the Laboratory of Genomic Diversity, part of the U.S. National Cancer Institute.

The Malayan tiger, along with the Sumatran tiger, is perhaps the smallest extant subspecies of tiger. Its stripe pattern is similar to the Indochinese tiger but its size is closer to the Sumatran tigers, with an average weight of 120 kg for adult males and 100 kg for females. The Malayan tiger is depicted in the coat of arms of Malaysia, symbolising the government and appears in various heraldry of Malaysian institutions such as Maybank, Proton and FAM. It symbolizes bravery and strength to Malaysians.

A genetic analysis of the phylogeny of tigers in 2004 split the IndoChinese subspecies into two distinct subspecies: the IndoChinese tiger and the Malayan tiger and the authors argue that the captive populations for these two subspecies should be managed in a similar way to the other recognized subspecies but it is unclear how this information will be used by the zoo community.

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