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Visiting Scientist(s) Feature: Carcinologist Edition


After our previous feature on mammalogists, we are back with a feature on carcinologists from Taiwan! Dr. Shih Hsi-Te  Dr. Shih is a professor at the National Chung Hsing University in Taichung, with a research career spanning almost 30 years. Dr. Shih is also an old friend of the head of the museum, Prof. Peter Ng,

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.

Visiting Scientist Feature: Dr. Jan-Frits Veldkamp


Recently, we hosted Dr. Jan-Frits Veldkamp from the Naturalis Biodiversity Center, Leiden. Dr. Veldkamp is a botanist with a research focus on the grasses of Southeast Asia, with a career that has spanned over 50 years. He was here to examine grass specimens in the Singapore University Herbarium (SINU), as part of the research for a

Visiting Scientist Feature: Dr. Evan Quah


A while back, we hosted Dr. Evan Quah from Universiti Sains Malaysia, who was here to examine snake specimens in the Zoological Reference Collection (ZRC). Dr. Quah is a herpetologist with a research focus on the systematics and biogeography of Malaysian herpetofauna (amphibians and reptiles). He is also an Associate Editor (Herpetology) for the Raffles Bulletin

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

Visiting Scientist Feature: Dr. Daniel Edison M. Husana


Recently, we hosted Dr. Daniel Edison M. Husana, associate professor from the University of the Philippines Los Baños, who was here to examine freshwater crab specimens in the Zoological Reference Collection (ZRC). Dr. Husana’s research focuses on animals that reside in caves, such as cave crabs and cave fish. Adventurous Spirit Why cave animals (troglobites/stygobites)?

Visiting Scientist(s) Feature: Mammalogist Edition


In this feature, we give a short summary of the work of two mammalogists that have visited the museum a while back. Mr. Lim Tze Tshen Mr. Lim Tze Tshen is a research associate at the University of Malaysia, focusing on biodiversity conservation and vertebrate palaeontology. As a palaeontologist, Mr. Lim studies fossils, from common ones

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

Visiting Scientist(s) Feature: Dr. Stefano Cannicci and students


Just before the Lunar New Year break, we hosted Dr. Stefano Cannicci from the University of Hong Kong, along with his PhD students, Rebekah Butler, Laura Agusto and Pedro Juliao Jimenez, who were here to examine crab specimens in the Zoological Reference Collection (ZRC). Having brought over crab specimens they collected from Hong Kong, they