The Malayan tiger
(Panthera tigris malayensis
: Harimau Belang
), found in the southern and central parts of the Malay Peninsula
, is a subspecies of tiger found in Thailand
. Until 2004, it was not considered a subspecies in its own right. The new classification came about after a study by Luo S-J et al.
from the Laboratory of Genomic Diversity, part of the U.S. National Cancer Institute.
Recent counts showed there are 600-800 Malayan tigers in the wild, making it the most common tiger subspecies other than the Bengal
and perhaps also the Indochinese tigers
. It is, nevertheless, still an endangered sub-species.