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A geographical unit composed of Malaya, Sumatra, Java, and Borneo, with the intervening small islands, which are linked by the shallow-water (less than 200 m) Sunda shelf, which was exposed during periods of low sea level in the Pleistocene. The fauna of this region is fundamentally homogeneous and differs slightly from that of areas further north-west, despite the fact that Malaya today is linked by an isthmus to the Asian mainland.

Subjects: Ecology and Conservation — Zoology and Animal Sciences.

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