"wuensis" is a personal website established to educate residents who live on campus to realize how important our flora and fauna are, as well as the dangers they may create, and also for people from outside who are interested in the wildlife of the campus.
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"wuensis" is a supposed species of monitor, genus "Varanus". Varanus monitors are commonly found in Walailak University. The Varanus wuensis was thus used as a symbol of biodiversity in the campus. A common name also given to this animal is tge "Banded Monitor"
Did you know that organisms that have been found in this planet should have specific names ? Otherwise we will be confused with what animals are found in our backyards. The name used to identify individual species is called the "scientific name". Scientific names are recognized internationally. This makes people know that they talk about same thing. Scientific names are written in latin comprise of two words - a generic name followed by a species name. These names have meanings which may describe the organism's features. Names may be given after names of persons. Names may also be given after names of places where the organisms were initially found. For example Catlocarpio siamensis is the scientific name of a freshwater fish first found in Siam (former name of Thailand). The suffix "ensis" is put after the name of a place, or "ii" after a male person's name and "ae" after a female person's name. It is a principle of naming organisms scientifically.
The classic name of an organism given after name of female person is Periophthalmus walailakae - the mudskipper fish that was discovered by 2 Walailak scientists Mr. Udomsak Darumas and Assistant Professor Dr.Pitiwong Tantichodok in 2002. The name was given to honor Professor Dr. HRH Princess Chulabhorn Walailak.
Walailak University is located in southern Thailand in Nakorn Si Thammarat Province about 780 kilometers from Bangkok. The campus sits in a large area of about 14 square kilometers. It comprises academic and administration buildings, residential accommodations, 3.2 square kilometers of agricultural farms, a sport complex, shopping stores, historical ruins, recreation areas, a camping ground (under constrution) and natural reserves.
The natural reserves encompass grassland, wetland, small canals, abandoned rubber gardens and paddy fields, and secondary growth bushes. This allows existance of diversified organism species. 120 species of bird have already been recorded throughout the campus. These include the uncommon resident Pied Triller, spectacular resident Barn Owl and Red Jungle Fowl, and winter visitors such as the Balck-cap Kingfisher and Blue-tail Beeeater. Reptiles are also found in quite large numbesr though species diversity is less. Water monitors are very common everywhere. Cobras are something that the residents must be aware of when strolling in the dark. Some amazing mammals such as porcupines still also exist.