Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum
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Visiting Scientist Feature: Dr. Tran Anh Duc

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Visiting Scientist Feature: Dr. Tran Anh Duc


Last week, we hosted Dr. Tran Anh Duc from the Hanoi University of Science. Dr. Tran is an entomologist focusing on aquatic and semi-aquatic true bugs, with a career spanning 15 years. Dr. Tran is no stranger to LKCNHM, having pursued his PhD under the advisory of the Head of the Museum, Prof. Peter Ng.

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

Christmas (Island) in September


Christmas has come early once again for LKCNHM this year. In September, a team from the Museum embarked on a two-week trip to Christmas Island for fieldwork, and have brought back with them a treasure trove of new specimens and, of course, interesting stories of adventure and discovery. The LKCNHM team comprised Museum Head Peter

Feature Talk: Dr. Wong Siew Te


On Tuesday, Dr. Wong Siew Te, the founder of the Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre (BSBCC) in Sabah, Malaysia, gave a talk in the museum on the ecology and conservation issues facing the Malayan sun bear (Helarctos malayanus), as well as the efforts by the BSBCC to conserve them. Here is a summary of the

Visiting Scientist Feature – Dr. Dmitry Telnov


A while back, we hosted Dr. Dmitry Telnov from the Entomological Society of Latvia. Dr. Telnov is an entomologist with a research focus on two beetle families, Anthicidae and Trictenotomidae. As our museum researchers have collected a large amount of beetle specimens from recent survey efforts, we invited Dr. Telnov to the museum to provide

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