Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum


This website is created by the Raffles Museum of Biodiversity Research (RMBR) at the National University of Singapore, to provide a searchable digital database of Singapore’s natural heritage, i.e., its flora, fauna and natural habitats. The initial funding for creating the digital nature archive (DNA) is sponsored by the Care-For-Nature Trust Fund of Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation. RMBR maintains and update the database, with supports from the National Parks Board.

Our objectives:

  • To provide a free online searchable digital database on natural history, for use by students, educators, general public, conservationists and scientists
  • To sort, catalogue and systematically archive the vast treasury of wildlife images, nature places and people from Singapore through
    • slides and print images
    • digital images
    • historical photographs (e.g. from retired university professors, natural historians, experienced photographers, old local books, etc.)
    • video clips and sound clips
  • Provide information on species status, habitats and general biology
  • Permit student to student transfer of knowledge and information through their involvement in collecting more digital images, thereby ensuring the continued building of the database resource.
  • Make Singapore a centre for nature education using IT.


Featured Organism

Avrainvillea erecta

Solitary Fan Seaweed
These are fan-shaped algae, tough, spongy and with a felt-like feel. The plant is 4-5 cm high, bright orange-green and stands erect on a short thick stalk that extends into the substratum as a bulbuous foot of about 9 cm long. The thallus is flattened horizontally, thinning out towards the shallow marginal lobes. The fan-like thallus is made up of intertwined Y-shaped filaments that are cylindrical, with swollen portions at intervals and constricted above the forks. 



Browse complete information about organisms of various kingdoms, as well as people, places and activities.


Browse complete collection of media files contributed by dedicated researchers and naturalists.

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