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Author/Editor: N. Sivasothi
Raffles Museum of Biodiversity Research, Department of Biological Sciences, National University of Singapore.

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Mon 29 May 2006

The M. I. A. trail

Category : toddycats

Raffles Museum (RMBR) and the National Archives (NAS) combined forces during International Museum Day 2006 to treat visitors to a special evening tour of Raffles Museum's Public Gallery, Kent Ridge Park (including the view of southern islands and the canopy walk), Reflections at Bukit Chandu and Memories at Old Ford Factory on 26th March 2006. NAS' Stella Wee enthusiastically coined the name, "The M. I. A. tour" for the occasion!

Two staggered busloads set off for the Raffles Museum and I was glad to hear that the visitors enjoyed the Public Gallery since having a guide makes an significant difference. But the schedule which was timed to end near midnight meant the groups were dragged out to head for Kent Ridge Park after an hour.

By then, the incredible downpour I witnessed earlier, travelling back from the Dinosaurs! exibition, had dampened down. The Pasir Panjang Toddycats guides later reported that while the rain clouds had blow away, the spectacle of continuous lightning brightening up the evenning sky had them wisely call off the park walk. They were, after all, on a ridge! The second group did manage to get a taste of the canopy walk though.

RBC and MOFF were kept open specially by NHB staff but the one hour tour was just a first taste of what lies within these galleries. I myself have re-visited the galleries several times and intend to do so again.

The Toddycats must have done a good job since one lady said she felt pai-seh that the tour was free and asked if she could tip the guides. Another was surprised that they were volunteers and not staff. The guides also happily recountered that were certain they aroused some interest since many visitors expressed a desire to visit these museums again and come for the HeritageFest tours in July, and visit other museums, too!

Well, I'll hear more during our debrief this week...

Hats off to toycon who featured the trail in a blog post on yesterday.sg the very next day!

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Mon 29 May 2006

Third species of Paedocypris found in Bukit Bauk, Terengganu, Malaysia

Category : southeastasia

"Yet another rare fish species find." By Rosli Zakaria. New Straits Times, 27 May 2006. [pdf]

DUNGUN: A third species of the world's smallest fish from the genus Paedocypris has been found in a peat swamp in the foothills of Bukit Bauk urban recreational forest.

Biology lecturer Amirrudin Ahmad of Kolej Universiti Sains [& Teknologi] Malaysia discovered the fish during a three-day scientific expedition in the reserve.

The first freshwater specimen, Paedocypris megamegenthes, was found in Kuching and Bukit Merah, Perak, in 2001. The second, identified as Paedocypris progenitica, was found in Sumatra in 2004.

"This discovery was the highlight of the Bukit Bauk expedition," said Professor Datuk Dr Abdul Latiff Mohammad, who led the team. "We are confident this will attract biologists from around the world to do more research on the bio-diversity of Bukit Bauk," he added.

Amirrudin said the new discovery was significant because it was the only undisturbed habitat of this species. "There are still thousands of the fish in that peat swamp. My worry is that this habitat will end up like the one in Bukit Merah, disturbed by the construction of a road that killed all the specimens," he said.

The Bukit Bauk expedition also uncovered many rare herbaceous and plant species, as well as insects, bats and birds. Abdul Latiff said Bukit Bauk was an important gene bank for a variety of herbs and rare plants, including palms and ginger. The expedition ended yesterday.

See also guangming.com.my.

And "Gigantic green lung for Dungun." By K. Suthakar with photos by Victor K.K. Ng. The Star, 22 July 2005.

Thanks to Charles Leh, Sarawak Museum, for the news article, via Tan Heok Hui.

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