|Central coordinates||116o 20.00' East 6o 43.00' North|
|IBA criteria||A1, A2, A4ii|
|Altitude||0 - 30m|
|Year of IBA assessment||2004|
Summary Situated in the district of Kota Belud, Sabah, the area consist of three islands. The islands are gazetted as a Bird Sanctuary too.
Site description Pulau Mantanani consists of three islands namely Pulau Mantanani Besar, Pulau Mantanani Kecil and Pulau Lungisan, a small island just off the western shore of Pulau Mantanani Besar. Pulau Mantanani Besar is about 3 km across and 1.5 km at its widest point. The island is surrounded by sandy, calcareous beaches, except on its northern side. Pulau Mantanani Kecil is a thin island 2.5 km by 0.7 km. The island is composed mostly of limestone bluffs and rocky shores, with little strand or kerangas vegetation (Sheldon, 1983). Pulau Lungisan is a 40 m high limestone stack covered with low trees and steep slopes close to Pulau Mantanani Besar (Møller, 2002).
Key Biodiversity The islands are important to pelagic species, wintering migrants and residents although the diversity is not great (28 species). Pelagic species such as the Frigatebirds (Christmas Island, Great and Lesser) have been recorded roosting in great numbers on Pulau Mantanani Kecil and Pulau Lungisan, one of the very few localities in Sabah where these migratory species can be found. These islands are estimated to hold 2,000-3,000 Frigatebirds Fregata spp. during peak season, with mostly juveniles and sub-adults (Møller, 2002).Other Near Threatened species that has been recorded are the endemic Mantanani Scops-owl Otus mantananensis, Malaysian Plover Charadrius peronii, Nicobar Pigeon Caloenas nicobarica and Blue-naped Parrot Tanygnathus lucionensis (Boden Kloss, 1930; Møller, 2002; Sheldon, 1983; Smythies, 1981). The Megapode Megapodius freycinet was found breeding on Pulau Mantanani Besar in March 1982, where eight birds and six active nest mounds were examined (Sheldon, 1983).
Non-bird biodiversity: (I) Globally threatened mammals (IUCN, 2002): VULNERABLE: Dugong Dugong dugon (Elliott, 2003).(II) Globally threatened reptiles (IUCN, 2002): CRITICAL: Hawksbill Turtle Eretmochelys imbricata; ENDANGERED: Green Turtle Chelonia mydas(III) Globally threatened plants (IUCN, 2002): No information.
|Species||Season||Period||Population estimate||Quality of estimate||IBA Criteria||IUCN Category|
|Christmas Frigatebird Fregata andrewsi||non-breeding||2004||present||-||A1, A4ii||Critically Endangered|
|Lesser Frigatebird Fregata ariel||non-breeding||2004||present||-||A4ii||Least Concern|
|Grey Imperial-pigeon Ducula pickeringii||resident||2004||present||-||A1||Vulnerable|
|Protected area||Designation||Area (ha)||Relationship with IBA||Overlap with IBA (ha)|
|Pulau Mantanani||Bird Sanctuary||300||protected area contains site||61|
|IUCN habitat||Habitat detail||Extent (% of site)|
Protection status The islands are gazetted as a Bird Sanctuary in 1960 under the Land Ordinance 1960 (amended 1967) and Sabah Cap 68 (Regis, 2001; Smythies, 1999).
References Boden Kloss, C. 1930. The Birds of Mangalum and Mantanani Islands off the West Coast of British North Borneo. Bulletin of the Raffles Museum 4: 117-123.Elliott, G. 2003. The Dugongs of Mantanani. Malaysian Naturalist 56(3): 32-35.IUCN. 2002. 2002 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. http://www.redlist.org (23 June 2003).Møller, H.S. 2002. Bird Observations: Mantanani Islands, Sabah, Malaysia 2002. (Unpublished).Regis, P. 2001. The Management of Protected Areas in Sabah. Pp. 67-98 in Zahra Yaacob, Moo-Tan, S. and S. Yorath (eds.). Proceedings of the International Conference on In-situ and Ex-situ Biodiversity Conservation in the New Millennium, 20-22 June 2000, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah. Kota Kinabalu: Yayasan Sabah/Innoprise Corporation Sdn. Bhd. And Sabah Museum. Sheldon, F.H. 1983. The Birds of the Mantanani Islands. Sabah Society Journal 7(3): 165-175.Smythies, B.E. 1981. The Birds of Borneo (3rd Edition). Kota Kinabalu: The Sabah Society, and Kuala Lumpur: The Malayan Nature Society.Smythies, B.E. 1999. The birds of Borneo. Fourth edition. Revised by G.W.H. Davison. Kota Kinabalu: Natural History Publications (Borneo).Yeap, C.A., Sebastian, A. and Siti Hawa Yatim (compilers) 2003. The Asian Waterbird Census 2003 Country Report (Malaysia). Kuala Lumpur: Malaysian Nature Society.
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