Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum

2 Conservatory Drive, Singapore 117377

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@Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum 2017-12-24

Season’s Greetings from the Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum! The Christmas Island Red Crabs are not the only crab species that migrate to the shore to breed. Find out more in our latest exhibition #ChristmasIslandRED. We are open on Christmas and New Year, so see you at the museum this festive season!

@Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum 2017-12-22

The inshore and marine cave fauna, along with marine fauna of Christmas Island will be showcased. Unique and endemic fauna will be highlighted, including new records, footage and anecdotes. This is cumulative from 6 trips conducted from 2007 to 2017, inclusive of 4 scientific expeditions conducted under auspices of NUS and Christmas Island National Park. Please register with the link provided.

@Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum 2017-12-21

Over 7 years and 4 expeditions, the Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum, together with our collaborators, have discovered and described more than 8 new species of crabs and shrimps on the island! Find out more about these denizens of Christmas Island in our latest exhibition #ChristmasIslandRED!

@Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum 2017-12-21

#Throwback to the launch of Christmas Island RED that happened on 18th December 2017.

@Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum 2017-12-19

“On Christmas Island, crabs are king”. Find out why at our latest exhibition, #ChristmasIslandRED, which opens today!

@Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum 2017-12-18

Christmas came early! Come join us at the museum this festive season and learn more about the amazing biodiversity of Christmas Island at our latest exhibition Christmas Island RED! For the month of December, enjoy a $5 discount when you purchase 1 Adult ticket & 1 Child/Student/Senior Citizen ticket! #ChristmasIslandRED #LKCNHM

@Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum 2017-12-08

Come join us for a talk today at the Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum for a talk by Professor Seiki Yamane on the diversity of ants in the Kagoshima region of Japan.

@Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum 2017-12-03

More than 200 endemic species, 130 years of history. This is Christmas Island. Come 19 December 2017, a sea of red takes over the museum as the famous Christmas Island red crabs march into the Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum. Learn about the many unique animals that roam Christmas Island and find out more about Singapore s historical connections as well as the museum s research work on the island. The video is a snippet of the museum s recently concluded expedition to Christmas Island in September. A team of 5 research staff, led by Prof Peter Ng, spent 2 weeks on the island, studying the endemic crabs on the island. #ChristmasIslandRED

@Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum 2017-12-02

This December school holiday weekends, come get artsy at the museum and customise your own festive season greeting cards! Apart from the usual stencils, we also have some unique stencils that are uniquely #ChristmasIslandRED! Christmas Island Red opens to public on 19 December 2017!

@Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum 2017-12-01

Float like a butterfly(fish) to hide amongst the stings? Most of us are familiar with the close association between clownfishes (popularised by Nemo) and sea anemones, where the clownfish may hide amongst the stinging tentacles of sea anemone for protection. However, Liu and Tan recorded the kite butterflyfish at Chek Jawa, Pulau Ubin, swimming close to carpet anemones. The authors suggest that it is possible that the fish are using their close proximity to the anemone to discourage potential predators from coming to close to avoid getting stung by the anemone. These and more records in this Singapore Biodiversity Records update: 101. A tuft-bearing longhorn beetle, Aristobia approximator, at Marina Bay 102. A fallen nest of night hornets, Provespa anomala 103. A banded wolf snake at Upper Seletar 104. River jellyfish, Acromitus hardenbergi, at Sungei Buloh 105. Blennies in mangrove tree stumps exposed at low tide 106. Mainland leopard cat on Pulau Ubin 107. Brown tree skink at Windsor Nature Park 108. The mangrove swamp eel, Ophisternon bengalense, in Singapore 109. Kite butterflyfish and carpet anemones 110. Three species of sergeant damselfishes off Pulau Satumu Read them here: http://lkcnhm.nus.edu.sg/publications/sg-biodiversity-records/volumes/ Photos by Ria Tan

@Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum 2017-11-24

Watch your steps! A sea of red is sweeping into the museum this festive season! From 19 December, come marvel at the amazing diversity that Christmas Island has to offer! From the now notorious coconut crabs to the world famous Christmas Island red crabs, learn more about them and many other unique animals at Christmas Island RED! More Info: https://lkcnhm.nus.edu.sg/about/upcoming-exhibition/ #ChristmasIslandRED

@Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum 2017-11-22

Are you passionate about specimen-based research on Southeast Asian biodiversity as well as educating NUS students about Singapore and regional biodiversity? We are looking for two Full-time Museum Officers at LKCNHM! Read on to find out more about the job and how to apply! Application closing date: 31 Dec 2017. Only shortlisted candidates will be notified. https://lkcnhm.nus.edu.sg/job-opportunity-museum-officers/

@Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum 2017-11-17

School Holidays Special! From 18 Nov 2017 to 01 Jan 2018, enjoy $5 discount when you purchase 1 Adult ticket & 1 Child/Student/Senior Citizen ticket! For Singaporean / PR: 1 S porean/PR Adult & 1 S porean/PR Child/Student/Senior citizen = $20 (Usual price: $25) For Overseas Visitors: 1 Standard Adult ticket & 1 Standard Child/Student/Senior citizen ticket = $29 (Usual price: $34)

@Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum 2017-11-17

A recent video documenting a coconut crab hunting a red-footed booby has raised questions about them and their impact on seabird populations. Prof Peter Ng, who is a renowned crab expert and also the head of the museum, fielded some questions about these little-known crabs that are actually large hermit crabs. Christmas Island, renowned for its land crab diversity, is one of the best places in the world to see these monster-sized crabs. Protected by law, they can be easily seen on the roads during the red crab migration where they hunt or feed on red crab roadkills. Come see and learn more about these majestic creatures at our upcoming exhibition #ChristmasIslandRED, which opens 19 December 2017.

@Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum 2017-11-15

Did you know that many local fish dishes such as sliced fish soup and “san low hor fun” features the snakehead fish? That is just one species out of least 38 species of snakeheads found in Asia and Africa. However, this is a taxonomically confusing group with many mistaken identities across their range. A team of scientists, including our ichthyologist, Dr Tan Heok Hui, recently published a paper that determined the evolutionary relationship of snakeheads using DNA. The results suggests a much higher species diversity in snakehead than currently known. Read more about it on our revamped news page. https://lkcnhm.nus.edu.sg/snakeheads-bringing-order-identification-chaos/ Photos by Tan Heok Hui

@Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum 2017-11-14

Visiting Scientist(s) Feature: Carcinologist Edition. Dr. Shih from the 國立中興大學 National Chung Hsing University, and Dr. Tsang and Ms. Lu from 國立臺灣海洋大學 National Taiwan Ocean University were here recently for crab research. Dr. Shih got interested in the study of crab after an undergraduate ecology class, while Dr. Tsang had a prior interest in crabs, which he thinks are “very cute”. Find out what they were up to in their recent visit. https://lkcnhm.nus.edu.sg/visiting-scientists-feature-carcinologist-edition/

@Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum 2017-11-12

Found across the islands in the Indian and Pacific oceans, the coconut crab is the largest land-living arthropod in the world! Now rarely seen due to poaching and habitat modification in many of the islands that it once call home, they can still be easily seen on Christmas Island as they are protected on the island. Come find out more interesting and fun facts about coconut crabs at our upcoming exhibition “Christmas Island Red”, opening 19 December 2017.

@Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum 2017-11-09

Oi Yee is a volunteer with the museum and she has been actively involved with the museum since the days when we were still the Raffles Museum of Biodiversity Research. Her passion and love for nature is infectious and over the years, she has inspired generations of students and members of the public alike! Meet her and other volunteers at the museum who are passionate about natural history and let them regale you with stories about the Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum as well as Singapore s natural history.

@Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum 2017-11-07

Christmas came early to the museum! A team of 5 researchers from the museum recently embarked on a journey to Christmas Island, studying the endemic crabs of this magnificent island! https://lkcnhm.nus.edu.sg/christmas-island-september/ We are also launching a new exhibition about Christmas Island and our adventures on the island from 19 December 2017! Read more about the expedition in this short feature and stay tuned for more stories and adventure that will be shared on our website over the next few weeks!

@Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum 2017-10-31

A little known fact about biodiversity in Singapore is that there is still much to be discovered. Quite frequently, scientists, naturalists, and members of the public find species that have never been recorded in Singapore before. These discoveries are known as new or first records. New species records are important in expanding our understanding of the natural environment. We celebrate this Singapore Biodiversity Records update with a bevy of new marine records including snails and a conger eel. Let us know if you find anything interesting! These and more records in this Singapore Biodiversity Records update: 91. A find of articulate harp shell, Harpa articularis, at Changi 92. First Singapore record of Essington dove shell, Mitrella essingtonensis 93. First Singapore record of Souverbie’s nerite, Smaragdia souverbiana 94. First Singapore record of Venus clam, Pitar lineolatus 95. An unlikely Singapore record of the bannerfish, Heniochus diphreutes 96. Singapore records of the crescent oyster blenny, Omobranchus smithi 97. New record of moustache conger, Conger cinereus, in Singapore 98. Singapore tuskfish at Cyrene Reef 99. A yellowbelly dottyback off Pulau Satumu 100. A colour-changing shield bug, Enada rosea, at Kent Ridge Read them here: http://lkcnhm.nus.edu.sg/publications/sg-biodiversity-records/volumes/ Photos by Koh Kwan Siong, Tan Siong Kiat, and Toh Chay Hoon

@Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum 2017-10-26

Our museum’s bug scientist, Dr. Hwang Wei Song is currently conducting a short course on True Bugs with international bug specialists at the museum. There will be lectures, lab, sessions, insect preservation and pinning training, and a field trip. Head over to our Twitter account to check out what they have been up to! https://twitter.com/lkcnhm

@Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum 2017-10-26

Less than a month before our exhibition “Out of the Water” closes! Have you visited yet?

@Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum 2017-10-11

Visiting Scientist Dr. Jan-Frits Veldkamp from Naturalis found the grass green both inside and outside the museum. Find out why in this visiting scientist feature!

@Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum 2017-10-03

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). Read more about his research, his early start into herpetology (the study of amphibians and reptiles), and why snakes are important in this visiting scientist feature.

@Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum 2017-10-02

Public Talk: Unmasking the Vigilantes of Pest Control Date: 6 October 2017 Time: 7 pm- 9 pm Venue: Learning Lab, Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum Parasitoid wasps play vital ecological roles as natural controllers of insect populations, including harmful pests. Adults lay eggs on doomed host insects, which are eventually consumed by ravenous larvae that hatch from these eggs. Wasp from the family Ichneumonidae forms one of the largest and most species-rich insect groups, with about 100,000 species worldwide. Despite their ecological importance and hyperdiversity, very little is understood about Ichneumonids worldwide. Only 30% of all estimated species have been formally described, of which 4000 occur in Southeast Asia: merely 68 have been recorded from Singapore. With the help of high throughput DNA barcoding techniques, these numbers are set to grow more Ichneumonid species from both Singapore and other parts of this region await discovery and description Light refreshments will be available at 6.30 pm.

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The Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum (formerly the Raffles Museum of Biodiversity Research) at the National University of Singapore is the custodian of Singapore s natural history.


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Singapore s only natural history museum, the Raffles Museum of Biodiversity Research (RMBR) at the National University of Singapore (NUS) has received its largest gift from the Lee Foundation. Funded by public donations, this gift and others enabled the building of a new purpose-designed building for its invaluable collection of animals and plants specimens. Renamed the Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum , the new building showcases Southeast Asian biodiversity and environmental issues in its exhibition hall. Closed on Mondays, except public holidays.


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