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Current Exhibition

 

Christmas Island RED

 

An isolated tropical island in the Indian Ocean, Christmas Island is biogeographically unique and famous for one of the great natural wonders of the world — the migration of millions of Christmas Island Red Crabs at the onset of the wet season. With at least 200 species of animals found only on the island and nowhere else on Earth, its rich biodiversity has attracted naturalists and researchers from around the world, including scientists from Singapore.Christmas Island’s connection to Singapore goes a long way back, with a history of research on Christmas island fauna, such as its charistmatic crabs and birds, dating to as early as 1904. More recent museum expeditions have also yielded some interesting findings and new species such as the Blue Crab (Discoplax celeste) and cave crabs (Christmaplax mirabilis and Orcovita spp.).

 

Christmas Island’s connection to Singapore goes a long way back, with a history of research on Christmas island fauna, such as its charistmatic crabs and birds, dating to as early as 1904. More recent museum expeditions have also yielded some interesting findings and new species such as the Blue Crab (Discoplax celeste) and cave crabs (Christmaplax mirabilis and Orcovita spp.).

Come and discover the diverse nature of Christmas Island — from the red and coconut crabs, to frigatebirds and booby birds — and learn about some of the threats it faces from invasive species and other anthropogenic activities.

Highlights of the Exhibition

 

Christmas Island Frigatebird (Fregata andrewsi)

Critically endangered, the Christmas Island Frigatebird nests only on Christmas Island. During mating, males will puff up their ‘throat pouches’ into ‘red balloons’ to impress potential mates.

Christmas Island Red Crab (Gecarcoidea natalis)

 

At the end of every year, with the onset of the wet season, millions of red crabs emerge out of their burrows and begin their long march to the coast to breed. Once at the coast, the crabs wait it out and spawns during the pre-dawn receding high tide at the last quarter of the moon.

Christmas Island Blue Crab (Discoplax celeste)

Dominating the wetter regions of Christmas Island, the Blue Crab was only recently described as a separate species endemic to the island. Its name alludes to the sky-blue carapace seen in adult crabs.

Coconut Crab (Birgus latro)

The largest land-dwelling arthropod in the world, they are commonly known as coconut crabs. This is probably due to their ability to exploit coconut as a food source, using their powerful claws to break open the hard shell of the coconut fruit.

 

Christmas Island Posters

 

 

  

  

  

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