Fauna Malesiana is an international initiative to assemble and diffuse knowledge of zoological diversity. The core activity of the Foundation is to facilitate the identification and management of the zoological diversity of Malesia, that part of Southeast Asia stretching from the Isthmus of Kra (Thailand) to the Solomon Islands. To achieve this, the Foundation develops practical identification guides (Field and Study Guide series), expert systems, and the present Handbook series.
The main purpose of the Fauna Malesiana Handbooks is to summarise, and provide access to, the scattered literature on the extremely diverse fauna of the region for both university education and biological research. The works will prove useful to students and scientists, but also serious amateur workers, both in and outside Malesia. In principle all animal groups can be covered, but priority will be given to economically important groups in the widest sense. Renowned experts in their field will contribute to Fauna Malesiana.