26 April 2011

Hundreds of new Singapore biodiversity discoveries, a new website and more!

About 500 species of plants and animals new to Singapore, and more than 100 species new to science have been discovered over the last decade! Among them, the Green Tree Snail (Amphidromus atricallosus temasek). Described by Mr Tan Siong Kiat, a curator at the Raffles Museum of Biodiversity Research. According to him, these snails are very well-camouflaged in the tree tops. Trying to spot one is like looking for a needle in a haystack!
This is highlighted in Singapore’s Amazing Biodiversity Discoveries, in the latest My Green Space newsletter (Issue 9 Vol 2/2011) by NParks which has many other interesting articles about our biodiversity.

Here's a video clip of the exhibition!

You can find out more about the fascinating new biodiversity discoveries and re-discoveries at the exhibition on "A decade of biodiversity conservation and discoveries in Singapore" which is on display at the HortPark Gallery from 21 April to 2 May 2011, from 7.00am to 10.00pm. It will subsequently rove to the libraries, City Square Mall and Wisma Atria throughout the year. Here's a post about the launch of and more media articles about the exhibition. And more photos of the launch and findings on the Raffles Museum news blog.

During the exhibition, a new NParks website showcasing Singapore's flora and fauna was also launched! On this website, you can not only learn more about our fascinating plants and animals but also share your plant or animal knowledge by submitting a comment and contribute plant and animal photos.
Also launched at the exhibition is a great new book "Dragonflies of our Parks and Gardens" by Robin Ngiam. Here is a sneak peek at the book. In the article Dragonflies of Bishan Park in My Green Space newsletter, I learnt that Bishan Park harbours 33 species of dragonflies – almost a quarter of the 124 known species recorded from Singapore. In fact, most of the common Singapore dragonflies can be found in this park!
Also featured in the newsletter, the Comprehensive Marine Biodiversity Survey. In Getting Up Close With Marine Biodiversity we hear from the volunteers for the mudflat surveys who have been literally knee-deep in mud, helping to uncover what organisms are living in the mudflats all over Singapore. More about the Survey and how you can join it on the Mega Marine Survey blog.
Find out more in the latest My Green Space newsletter (Issue 9 Vol 2/2011)!

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