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Download latest issue of the Cambodian Journal of Natural History


Good news, the latest issue (Volume 2018, Issue 2) of the Cambodian Journal of Natural History is now freely available for download (file size: 7.3 MB). Cambodian Journal of Natural History 2018(2), Contents 53 Editorial—REDD+ in Cambodia: how local communities can benefit from forest conservation, Yeang Donal, Harri Washington, Ken Sereyrotha, Paris Choup, Jeffrey Silverman, Teng Rithiny

A special tribute to Benito Tan


Benito Tan, an internationally respected bryologist and an authority on Asian mosses, was fondly remembered by his former colleagues, friends, and students in A Special Tribute to Dr. Benito Tan, a series of papers published by Association of Systematic Biologists of the Philippines in his honour. He came to Singapore following his appointment as Associate

Small Amounts, Massive Damage – The Effect of Selective Logging on Fish Biodiversity


Researchers have found that selective logging has the same harmful impacts on freshwater fish biodiversity as total deforestation, despite lesser trees being removed from the rainforest. The results of the study, published last week in the journal Biological Conservation, surprised even the researchers, which included Dr. Tan Heok Hui from LKCNHM and Dr. Darren Yeo

Snakeheads: bringing order into identification chaos


As the protagonists of a number of horror B-movies snakehead fishes have been portrayed as highly aggressive and voracious predators, capable to hunt down their prey in the water and on land. Scientifically snakeheads are a small group of only 38 recognized species with an interesting biology, whose identification has been notoriously difficult having resulted

Research Highlights – Singapore Swamp Skink (New Species)


For the past two decades, herpetologists had been unsure about the taxonomic status of a diminutive freshwater swamp-dwelling skink from Singapore. It had been known as ‘Sphenomorphus sp.’, and then as ‘Tytthoscincus cf. sibuensis’, as it resembles Tytthoscincus sibuensis from neighbouring Johor in Malaysia. However, latest research published in the Raffles Bulletin of Zoology (click

A Step Closer to Solving A 100-Year Mystery


  Mammalogists may be one step closer towards solving a conundrum that has been a subject of much uncertainty for almost a hundred years—on whether Tragulus williamsoni, or Williamson’s mouse-deer, is a valid and distinct species. Mouse-deer, or chevrotains are some of the world’s smallest hoofed animals. Research findings by mammalogists Dr. Erik Meijaard, Mr.

Research Highlights – August 2017


We feature some new research from our resident carcinologists, published recently in August. A star is born (Pariphiculus stellatus Ng & Jeng, 2017) This new species of crab possesses peculiar star-shaped tubercles on its body—which is why it was given the epithet, stellatus, which means ‘star-like’ or ‘starry’ in Latin. The new crab species was

An Eye-Popping Discovery in Southeast Asian Assassin Bug Biodiversity


Two pop culture characters, Popeye the Sailor and Mini-Me from the Austin Powers comedy movie series, are now linked in eternity in circumstances most unusual – having assassin bugs named after them. Paraphysoderes popeye and Physoderes minime are two new assassin bug species that were named by LKCNHM Museum Officer Dr. Hwang Wei Song, together