The 3rd International Bornean Frog Race 2014 is here

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Singapore Biodiversity Records

Did you know that the dried leaf cockroach (Pseudophoraspis nebulosa) is known to exhibit what appears to be parental care for its young?

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Dried leaf cockroach (Pseudophoraspis nebulosa) brooding behaviour. Singapore Biodiversity Records article here. Photo by: Tan Siong Kiat.

Such behaviour would only be known if they are documented and shared, and these observations are valuable as they increase our knowledge about nature in Singapore.

Therefore, our curators have started Singapore Biodiversity Records to collect and publish records of uncommon species or interesting animal behaviour in Singapore.

Contributing your record is easy: simply fill up a provided form and send it in to the editor for publication. Do note that owing to space constraints, Singapore Biodiversity Records will not be able to publish each and every contribution. The editors will review and decide on which contribution to include on the webpage.

To find out more, head on to the Singapore Biodiversity Records page: http://rmbr.nus.edu.sg/nis/sbr_contribute_record.html

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Commemorative Statue of Alfred Russel Wallace

Alfred Wallace, co-discoverer of the modern theory of evolution and explorer extraordinaire has a strong connection with Singapore. While working in Singapore in the mid-1800s, he made numerous collections of animals from the island as well as recorded many interesting facts about the natural history here. His passion for natural history and love for discovery is a spirit shared by staff and students of the new Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum in National University of Singapore. It is therefore appropriate that we support this important exercise to erect a timely memorial to a man who has become an icon for so many biologists in Southeast Asia. Barry Clarke, a long-time resident working in Singapore who loves natural history and a Wallace fan at heart, has kindly volunteered to lead fund-raising campaign to raise the necessary capital to build a statue of the great man at the new museum to honor his many accomplishments. We are therefore delighted to partner him to see this dream realised!

Prof Peter Ng

Director, Raffles Museum of Biodiversity Research

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The Raffles Bulletin of Zoology Supplement No. 29

The Raffles Bulletin of Zoology Supplement No. 29, a special volume by G. W. H. Davison, D. R. Wells & H. S. Yong (editors) in honour of the 80th birthday of Gathorne Gathorne-Hardy, 5th Earl of Cranbrook, has been published. Articles are available for free download here)

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The Raffles Bulletin of Zoology Supplement No. 28

The Raffles Bulletin of Zoology Supplement No. 28 on the Methods for detecting and surveying tropical carnivores (Editors: Jerrold L. Belant & Andreas Wilting) has been published. Articles are available for free download here)

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The Raffles Bulletin of Zoology Supplement No. 27

The Raffles Bulletin of Zoology Supplement No. 27 by Maurice Kottelat, on the fishes of the inland waters of Southeast Asia, is now available for download here

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“Nomenclature chaos averted” by NUS with the support of the RMBR

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The International Commission on Zoological Nomenclature is the international body responsible for the effective use and implementation of scientific names for animals. The Commission publishes the International Code of Zoological Nomenclature which dictates how animals are to be named and used, including the publication of rulings (called Opinions) on scientific names.

Some of the recent notable rulings have been on the giant Aldabra tortoise, the Drosophilla fruit-fly, and the Archaeopteryx.

Hitherto, the Commission was funded through the International Trust on Zoological Nomenclature, which has since run out of money.

Recognising the vital function of the Commission to science in general, and to zoology in particular, the Office of the Deputy President (Research and Technology) of National University of Singapore, with support from the Raffles Museum of Biodiversity Research is organising and hosting a meeting of the Commission in NUS from 17–20 November 2013. The journals Nature and Science have both provided excellent online news coverage on the meeting, and discuss the major challenges that face the Commission.

The University has also agreed to fund a Singapore-based secretariat for the next three years. Professor Barry Halliwell, NUS Deputy President (Research and Technology), says that “Singapore and the surrounding Southeast Asian region are enormously rich in animal life, with new species being discovered weekly. NUS has for many years conducted excellent research on biology and biodiversity, and how it will be affected by environmental changes; and we therefore recognise the importance of the zoological commission and its activities. We are proud to host the secretariat of the ICZN.”

The NUS commitment to support the Commission for the next three years will allow the Commission to tackle nomenclatural issues related to the wider scientific community, as well as organisational issues which will determine its future.

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