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

Asplenium nidus

Bird’s Nest Fern, Paku Langsuyar, Rumah Langsuyar
The rhizome is stout and erect, the apex of which is covered with a mass of clathrate scales, 2 x 0.2 cm, whose margins bear many, hair-like appendages. The base of the rhizome bears a mass of roots with numerous root hairs forming a spongy mass. At the apex of the rhizome is a rosette of simple fronds. The fronds have a stout, black stipe, about 5 cm long and a simple frond of up to 150 cm long or more and about 20 cm wide that narrows to both ends. Sori are narrow and found on the undersurface of the frond, running parallel from near the midrib to about half way to the margin. Indusial about 0.5 mm wide, attached along the veins and opening towards the midrib.



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


Browse complete collection of media files contributed by dedicated researchers and naturalists.

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