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Gliding posture of the Japanese giant flying squirrel, Petaurista leucogenys.
At the study site of Malayan flying lemur in West Java, Indonesia (March, 2007).
Senior Curator/Researcher
Minoru BABA (Ph.D.)
Mammals

Fields of interest
Mammalian Ecology, particularly the ecology of gliding mammals such as the Japanese giant flying squirrel Petaurista leucogenys and the Malayan flying lemur Cynocephalus variegatus. Also interested in the distribution and behavior of Japanese serow Capricornis crispus.

Research and professional experience
  • 1983-1991: Research Associate at the Division of Medical Zoology, Medical College of Oita, work on the ecology of black flies (Diptera: Simuliidae).
  • 1992-2002: Researcher at the Kitakyushu Museum and Institute of Natural History in charge of mammalogy and mammalian specimens.
  • 2002-present: Researcher at the Kitakyushu Museum of Natural History and Human History (continuation of the Kitakyushu Museum and Institute of Natural History). In charge of mammalogy and mammalian specimen.


Membership of academic societies
  • The Ecological Society of Japan
  • The Mammalogical Society of Japan
  • The Japan Society of Medical Entomology and Zoology
  • American Society of Mammalogists


Selected Publications
Gliding posture of the Japanese giant flying squirrel, Petaurista leucogenys.

Gliding posture of the Japanese giant flying squirrel, Petaurista leucogenys.
A pair of the Japanese giant flying squirrels, Petaurista leucogenys.

A pair of the Japanese giant flying squirrel, Petaurista leucogenys.
Gliding posture of the Malayan flying lemur, Cynocephalus variegatus.
Gliding posture of the Malayan flying lemur, Cynocephalus variegatus.
A female with an infant and a male of the Malayan flying lemur, Cynocephalus variegatus
A female with an infant and a male of the Malayan flying lemur, Cynocephalus variegatus.
  • Baba, M., T. Doi and Y. Ono (1982). Home range utilization and nocturnal activity of the giant flying squirrel, Petaurista leucogenys. Japanese Journal of Ecology, 32: 189-198.
  • Baba, M., T. Doi and Y. Ono (1991). Activity recording and analysis in the telemetrical study of wild animals. In “Biotelemetry XI-Proceedings of the Eleventh International Symposium on Biotelemetry (Uchiyama, A. and Amlaner, Jr., C. J., eds.)”, pp. 89-92.
  • Baba, M., T. Doi, J. Kawano and T. Shimizu (1997). Utilization pattern of latrines in Japanese serow, Capricornis crispus. Bull. Kitakyushu Museum of Natural History., (16): 105-111 (in Japanese with English abstract).
  • Baba, M., T. Doi, M. Izawa and M. Tatara (2002). On the raccoon dog found in Tsushima Island -A case of introduced animal-. Bull. Kitakyushu Museum of Natural History., (21): 17-23 (in Japanese with English abstract).
  • Piskurek, O., M. Nikaido, Boeadi, M. Baba and N. Okada (2003). Unique mammalian tRNA-derived repetitive elements in dermopterans: The t-SINE family and its retrotransposition through multiple sources. Molecular Biology and Evolution, 20(10): 1659-1668.
  • Kinjo, K., A. Nakamoto, M. Izawa, M. Baba, T. Doi and Boeadi (2006). Bat surveys in an agricultural field and an urban area in West Java, Indonesia. Bulletin of the Kitakyushu Museum of Natural History and Human History, Series A, 4: 115-119.
  • Nakamoto, A., K. Kinjo, M. Baba, T. Doi, Boeadi and M. Izawa (2006). Mammalian fauna in a coconut palm plantation recorded by photo-traps and sightings in West Java, Indonesia. Bulletin of the Kitakyushu Museum of Natural History and Human History, Series A, 4: 121-123.
  • Baba, M. (2008). The ecology of Malayan flying lemur. In “Flying lemur (Katayama, T., ed.)”, pp. 119-154, Yasaka Shobo Inc., Tokyo (in Japanese).
  • Janečka, J.E., K.M. Helgen, N.T.-L. Lim, M. Baba, M. Izawa, Boeadi and W.J. Murphy (2008). Evidence for multiple species of Sunda colugo. Current Biology, 18: R1001-R1002.
  • Yamashiro, A., T. Yamashiro, M. Baba, A. Endo and M. Kamada (2010). Species identification based on the faecal DNA samples of the Japanese serow (Capricornis crispus). Conservation Genetics Resources, 2:409-414.
  • Tashima, S., Y. Kaneko, T. Anezaki, M. Baba, S. Yachimori, A.V. Abramov, A.P. Saveljev and R. Masuda (2011). Phylogeographic sympatry and isolation of the Eurasian badgers (Meles, Mustelidae, Carnivora): implications for an alternative analysis using maternally as well as paternally inherited genes. Zoological Science, 28: 293-303.
  • Kamada, S., S. Moteki, M. Baba, K. Ochiai and R. Masuda (2012). Genetic distinctness and variation in the Tsushima Islands population of the Japanese marten, Martes melampus (Carnivora: Mustelidae), revealed by microsatellite analysis. Zoological Science, 29: 827-833.


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