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

Dicranopteris linearis

Resam, Bengkawang
Also known locally as 'Resam', this native species of fern is large (< 3 m). It has a characteristically forking stem that grows horizontally at ground level with stalked fronds that are compound. The main rachis is divided dichotomously into two rachis branches, which also fork further about 3–4 times. At the end of the upward-growing, forked frond, there are two ultimate leafy branches of equal lengths (width= 9–12 cm) which are deeply, pinnately lobed and comb-like. The sporangia, where spores are produced and stored, are also found at the underside of the lobes of the ultimate two branches. The sporangium lacks indusia whereas the spores are trilete. There is also another similar native species in Singapore (Dicranopteris curranii) which is also known as Resam, but D. curranii differs by having two ultimate branches of unequal lengths and are narrower in width (6 cm).



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