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

Salvinia molesta

Water Spangle
The rhizome is hairy and rootless. Fronds are in whorls of threes, two being green and floating with the upper surface exposed to the air and the third divided into numerous root-like segments and submerged in the water. The green fronds are entire, 1.2-1 cm, ovoid with cordate base, longer than wide, slightly folded at the tip. The upper surface of these fronds are covered with numerous egg-beater type hairs. Sporocarps are borne on the submerged fronds, each enclosed by an indusium, the megsporangia and microsporangia in separate sporocarps.



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


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