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

Mortonagrion arthuri

Arthur's Midget
In males, the hindwing is 14 to 15 mm in length and the total body length ranges from 28 to 31 mm. The male has two colour forms. The blue form has blue stripes on the thorax and blue postocular spots. The yellow form has yellow stripes on the thorax and yellow postocular spots. The postocular spots are strangely shaped. The abdomen is a mosaic of black and brown areas and small pale dots, with a distinct blue mark on segment eight; the apical three segments and appendages are black. The superior appendages are shorter than the inferiors. The female has brown thorax with similar stripes to the male; abdomen with quite similar coloration to the male, but without the distinct blue marking on segment eight.



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


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