(1) I am writing a little manual about finding mammals in Japan. I’m planning to complete it in a year or two, but if you go there sooner, you are welcome to ask me for the most recent draft.
(2) When a taxonomic split is proposed based on weak evidence (as 90% of recent splits are), it’s always a good idea to wait for a few years and see if it gets accepted. I was very skeptical about the recent proposal to split Dromicops into three species – and was right. Unfortunately, many splits are accepted without any critical review, or despite contrary evidence (as IUCN did with the recently proposed orangutan split).
(3) I’ll be in Vinh, Vietnam for a couple days in about two weeks. Anybody been there? Any tips?