Exciting biodiversity discoveries! Such as the first confirmed sighting of the Malay civet!
The Malay civet (Viverra tangalunga) in Singapore is confirmed based on a camera-trap photo taken in Jan.2012, at the MacRitchie Reservoir forest, Central Catchment Nature Reserve. The possibility of it being an escapee from the Singapore Zoo and Night Safari is ruled out.Read more in Lim, N. T. L. & X. Ou Yang, 2012. Occurrence of the malay civet, Viverra tangalunga (Mammalia: Carnivora: Viverridae) in Singapore. Nature in Singapore, 5: 79–81. [PDF, 274 KB]
Hairy new find in the mangroves!
A new record of a mangrove crab, Heteropilumnus sasekumari collected from among others, Changi and Lim Chu Kang mangroves!
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Never-seen-before crab from Changi
A new record of a crab Notopus dorsipes at Changi! In fact, this represents the first record of the superfamily Raninoidea de Haan, 1839, in Singapore and on the Sunda Shelf.
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New record of cicada in the mangroves of Pasir Ris!
Their shrill loud calls often reverberate in the mangroves but the singers hard to spot. This study revealed a new record of a cicada Purana usnani from Pasir Ris mangroves!
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Is that an ant or what?!
Another article shares amazing and amusing examples of three different mimics of the same species of ant (Oecophylla smaragdina Fabricius) . These include: (i) the caterpillar of the erebid moth, Homodes bracteigutta.
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What grasshoppers and crickets can we find in our urban parks?
The authors did an inventory and found at least 61 species of Orthoptera in eight parks. Even in a highly urbanised Singapore, new records, rediscoveries, and even undescribed species are still being discovered from the small pockets of nature areas.
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This is just a selection of some of the many fascinating paper on the Nature in Singapore website of the Raffles Museum of Biodiversity Research, the National University of Singapore.