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

Davallia denticulata

Rabbit's-foot Fern
This is a large epiphytic fern with a long, fleshy, creeping rhizome that is slightly flattened and covered in scales. The roots are found on the ventral surface of the rhizome. The fronds are bipinnate, alternate and in two rows along the rhizome. The stipe is 4-50 cm long bearing a broadly triangular frond, 30-60 x 13-50 cm, bipinnate to quadripinnate; and the pinnae broadly deltoid. The largest pinnae are 8-45 x 5-30 cm, tapering to a long point; and the largest pinnules are triangular, 0.7-20 x 0.4-11 cm. The ultimate segment is linear or narrowly ovate, 0.5-2.7 x 0.2-0.6 cm and variously lobed. Fertile lobes are with narrower segments, the sori are separate, several borne on a segment at the forking point of the veins. The indusium is pouch-shaped and 1-1.3 x 0.5-1 mm.



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