Kin Onn Chan

PhD Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Primary office:
Dyche Hall


Advisor: Rafe Brown
Research Interests: Systematics, phylogeography, Southeast Asian amphibians and reptiles
Hometown: Malaysia


  • M.Sc. in environment and development from the National University of Malaysia
  • B.Sc. in biology (zoology) from the National University of Malaysia


  • Chan, K. O., L. L. Grismer, A. M. S., Shahrul, E. S. H. Quah, J. L. Grismer, P. L. Jr. Wood, and A. Norhayati. 2011.  Additions to the herpetofauna of Perlis State Park in northern Peninsular Malaysia with the description of a new species of Chiromantis Peters 1854 (Anuura: Rhacophoridae). Russian Journal of Herpetology in press.
  • Ngo, V. T. and K. O. Chan. 2011. A new karstic cave-dwelling Cyrtodactylus Gray (Squamata: Gekkonidae) from northern Vietnam. Zootaxa 3125: 51–63.
  • Chan, K. O., L. L. Grismer, and J. L. Grismer. 2011. A new insular, endemic frog of the genus Kalophrynus Tschudi, 1838 (Anura: Microhylidae) from Tioman Island, Pahang, Peninsular Malaysia. Zootaxa 3123: 60–68.
  • Grismer, L.L., Quah, E.S.H., Siler, C.D., Chan, K.O., Wood, P.L.Jr., Grismer, J.L., Shahrul, A.M.S. & Norhayati, A. 2011. Peninsular Malaysia’s first limbless lizard: a new species of skink of the genus Larutia (Böhme) from Pulau Pinang with a phylogeny of the genus. Zootaxa, 2799, 29–40.
  • Grismer, L. L., J. L. Grismer, P. L. Jr. Wood, V. T. Ngo, T. Neang, K. O. Chan. 2011. Herpetology on the fringes of the sunda shelf: A discussion of discovery, taxonomy, and biogeography. Bonner Zoologische Monographien 57:  57–97.
  • van Rooijen, J., K. O. Chan, L. L. Grismer, and A. Norhayati. 2011. Estimating the herpetofaunal species richness of Pangkor Island, Peninsular Malaysia. Bonn Zoological Bulletin 60: 3–8.
  • Grismer, L.L., Shahrul, A.M.S., Quah, E.S.L., Muin, M.A., Chan, K.O., Grismer, J.L. & Norhayati, A. 2010. A new spiny, prehensile-tailed species ofCyrtodactylus(Squamata: Gekkonidae)from Peninsular Malaysia with a preliminary hypothesis of relationships basedon morphology. Zootaxa, 2625, 40–52.
  • Chan, K.O. & Norhayati, A. 2010. A new insular species of Cyrtodactylus (Squamata: Gekkonidae) from northeastern Peninsular Malaysia, Malaysia. Zootaxa, 2389, 47–56.
  • Grismer, L.L., Chan, K.O., Quah, E.S.L., Muin, M.A., Savage, A.E., Grismer, J,L, Norhayati, A., Greer, L.F. & Remigio, A-C. 2010. Another new, diminutive Rock Gecko (Cnemaspis Strauch) from Peninsular Malaysia and a discussion of resource partitioning in sympatric species pairs. Zootaxa, 2569, 55–66.
  • Chan, K.O., Grismer, L.L., Shahrul, A.M.S., Quah, E.S.L., Muin, M.A., Savage, A.E., Grismer, J.L., Norhayati, A., Remigio, A-C. & Greer, L.F. 2010. A new endemic rock Gecko Cnemaspis Strauch 1887 (Squamata: Gekkonidae) from Gunung Jerai, Kedah, northwestern Peninsular Malaysia. Zootaxa, 2576: 59–68.
  • Grismer, L.L. & Chan, K.O. 2010. Another new Rock Gecko (genus Cnemaspis Strauch 1887) from Pulau Langkawi, Kedah, Peninsular Malaysia. Zootaxa, 2419: 51–62.
  • Chan, K.O. & Grismer, L.L. 2010. Re-assessment of the Reinwardt’s Gliding Frog, Rhacophorus reinwardtii  (Schlegel 1840) (Anura: Rhacophoridae) in Southern Thailand and  Peninsular Malaysia and its re-description as a new species. Zootaxa, 2505: 40–50.
  • Ngo, V.T. & Chan, K.O. 2010. A new species of Cyrtodactylus Gray, 1826 (Squamata: Gekkonidae) from Khanh Hoa province, Southern Vietnam. Zootaxa, 2504: 47–60.
  • Wood, P. L. Jr., Grismer, J.L., Grismer, L. L., Norhayati, A., Chan, K. O., & Bauer, A.  2009. Two new montane species of Acanthosaura Gray, 1831 (Squamata: Agamidae) from Peninsular Malaysia. Zootaxa, 2012: 28–46.
  • Grismer, L. L., Norhayati, A., Chan, K.O., Daicus, B., Muin, M.A., Wood, P.L.Jr. & Grismer, J.L. 2009.  Two new diminutive species of Cnemaspis Strauch 1887 (Squamata: Gekkonidae) from Peninsular Malaysia. Zootaxa, 2019, 40-56.
  • Chan, K. O., Grismer, L. L., Norhayati, A., & Daicus, B. 2009.  A new species of Gastrophrynoides (Anura: Microhylidae): an addition to a previously monotypic genus and a new genus for Peninsular Malaysia. Zootaxa, 2124: 63–68.


  • Chan, K.O. 2009. Notes on some poorly know frogs from Peninsular Malaysia. Conference on Biology of the Amphibians in the Sunda Region, South-East Asia, Kuching, Sarawak, 28 Sept – 1 Oct.
  • Chan, K.O. 2009. The herpetofauna of Melaka Forest Reserve. Biological Diversity Expedition to Melaka, Forestry Department of Melaka and Peninsular Malaysia, 31 March – 2 April.
  • Chan, K.O. 2008. Herpetofauna of Gunung Angsi Forest. Scientific Expedition to Gunung Angsi forest Reserve, Forestry Department of Negeri Sembilan and Peninsular Malaysia, 4–5 May.
  • Chan, K.O. 2008. Amphibians and reptiles of Cameron Highlands. Biological Diversity Expedition to Cameron Highlands, Pahang, Forestry Department of Pahang and Peninsular Malaysia, 3–5 August.
  • Chan, K.O. 2008. A survey on the Herpetofauna at Machinchang Granite Geoforest, Pulau Langkawi, Peninsular Malaysia. Langkawi Research Centre Symposium, Institute for Environment and Development (LESTARI), Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, 16–17 Dec.

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