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Wed 30 Aug 2006

The Raffles Bulletin of Zoology, Vol. 54, No. 2 (31 August 2006)

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Volume 54 Number 2 of The Raffles Bulletin of Zoology is published today, 31 Aug 2006. All the articles are immediately available for free download at the bibliography page, pdfs of The Raffles Bulletin of Zoology, 1928 - 2006. - Link.

The Raffles Bulletin of Zoology, Vol. 54, No. 2 (31 August 2006): Pp. 203-492.



Aquatic Heteroptera (Insecta: Gerromorpha and Nepomorpha) from Xishuangbanna, Yunnan, China. Lanna Cheng, Chang Man Yang, Daiqin Li & Hongmao Liu.

Description of a new species of Borolinus Bernhauer (Coleoptera: Staphylinidae: Osoriinae) from Yunna, China, with two new records from Southern China. Jie Wu & Hong-zhang Zhou.

A case of suspected coral snake (Hemibungarus calligaster) mimicry by lepidopteran larvae (Bracca sp.) from Luzon island, Philippines. Rafe M. Brown

Potential global range expansion of a new invasive species, the Erythrina Gall Wasp, Quadrastichus erythrinae Kim (Insecta: Hymenoptera: Eulophidae). Hong-mei Li, Hui Xiao, Hu Peng, Hong-Xiang Han & Da-yong Xue.

A newly recorded genus and a new species of the spider family Pimoidae from Yunna, China (Arachnida: Araneae). Zi-Zhong Yang, Ming-Sheng Zhu & Da-Xiang Song

A new genus and species of jumping spiders (Araneae: Salticidae: Spartaeinae) from Malaysia. J. X. Zhang, Jeremy R. W. Woon & Daiqin Li

Report on a collection of freshwater shrimps (Crustacea: Decapoda: Caridea) from the Philippines, with descriptions of four new species. Yixiong Cai & Shigemitsu Shokita

Caridina spongicola, new species, a freshwater shrimp (Crustacea: Decapoda: Atyidae) from the ancient Malili lake system of Sulawesi, Indonesia. Kristina Zitzler & Yixiong Cai.

A new species of troglobitic freshwater prawn of the genus Macrobrachium from Southern China (Crustacea: Decapoda: Palaemonidae). Jingchun Li, Yixiong Cai & Arthur Clarke.

Decapod crustaceans deposited in the zoological museum of Copenhagen by William Stimpson in 1859. Raymond B. Manning & Karen J. Reed.

New records and species of Alpheidae (Crustacea: Decapoda) from Vietnam. Part I. Genus Salmoneus Holthuis, 1955. Arthur Anker & Ivan N. Marin

Description of Crinotonia anastasiae, new genus, new species, a new crinoid associated pontoniine shrimp (Crustacea: Caridea) from Nha Trang Bay, Vietnam, with inclusion of Periclimenes attenuatus, 1971, in the new genus. Ivan Marin.

Acanthanas pusillus, new genus, new species a miniature alpheid shrimp with spiny eyes from the Philippines (Crustacea: Decapoda). Arthur Anker, Denis Poddoubtchenko & Ming-Shiou Jeng.

A new species of Eucalliax Manning & Felder, 1991 (Decapoda: Callianassidae) from the Philippines. Peter C. Dworschak.

Additional pandaloid shrimps from the South China Sea (Crustacea: Decapoda: Caridea), with description of one new species. Xinzheng Li.

New species of Ilyoplax (Brachyura: Ocypodidae: Dotillinae) from the Philippines and Indonesia: behavioral, molecular, and morphological evidence. Jun Kitaura & Keiji Wada.

The freshwater crabs of Sulawesi, with descriptions of two new genera and four new species (Crustacea: Decapoda: Brachyura: Parathelphusidae). Oliver K. S. Chia & Peter K. L. Ng.

The invasive caribbean bivalve Mytilopsis sallei (Dreissenidae) introduced to Singapore and Johor Bahru, Malaysia. K. S. Tan & Brian Morton.

Brachidontes striatulus (Bivalvia: Mytilidae) introduced into Singapore. Brian Morton & K. S. Tan.

A new sea-star species (Asteroidea: Luidiidae) from the South China Sea. Wei Liu, Yulin Liao & Xinzheng Li.

Garra rotundinasus, a new species of cyprinid fish (Pisces: Teleostei) from the Upper Irrawaddy river basin, China. E. Zhang

Identification of sailfin catfishes (Teleostei: Loricariidae) in Southeastern Asia. Lawrence M. Page & Robert H. Robins.

New species of the threadfin genus Polynemus (Teleostei: Polynemidae) from the Mekong river basin, Vietnam, with comments on the Mekong species of Polynemus. Hiroyuki Motomura & Shinji Tsukawaki.

The tadpole of Rana glandulosa Boulenger (Anura: Ranidae). Robert F. Inger, Robert B. Stuebing & Bryan L. Stuart.

Camera trapping and conservation in Lambir Hills National Park, Sarawak. Mohd. Azlan J. & Engkamat Lading.

Effects of shore height and visitor pressure on the diversity and distribution of four intertidal taxa at Labrador beach, Singapore. Danwei Huang, Peter A. Todd, Loke Ming Chou, Kheng Hui Ang, Pei Ya Boon, Liyan Cheng, Han Ling & Wan-Jean Lee

Existence of intra-colonial paralogues of the ribosomal internal transcribed spacer (ITS) impedes studies of intra-colonial genetic variation in the sclearactinian coral Diploastrea heliopora (Lamark 1816). Kevin K. Y. Lam, Adrian H. B. Loo, Peter A. Todd, Fook Tim Chew & Loke Ming Chou.

Book Reviews

  • A field guide to the fishes of Kuching Rivers, Sarawak, Malaysia Borneo. By Tan Heok Hui.
  • The Borneo Suckers. Revision of the Torrent Loaches of Borneo (Balitoridae: Gastronmyzon, Neogastromyzon). By Peter K. L. Ng

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Wed 30 Aug 2006

Deep Sea Exhibition opens at the Singapore Science Centre's Omni-theatre

Category : education

The deep sea exhibition opened on Mon 21 Aug 2006 at the Singapore Science Centre's Imax Theatre with an introductory tour for pre-school teachers.

The Raffles Museum of Biodiversity Research (RMBR) conceived and developed the exhibition along several themes:

  • The Deep Sea,
  • Physical Environment of the Deep,
  • Deep Sea World
  • A different kind of life
  • Let there be light!
  • History of deep sea exploration
  • Submersibles
  • Bestiary of the deep
  • Deep sea research
  • Research and New discoveries
  • Conservation and New Frontiers

This exhibition will also feature some of the deep sea organisms belonging to the Raffles Museum's collection, including rare specimens that are being exhibited for the first time outside of the museum:

  • Deep sea hermit crab (Probeebei mirabilis), one of the deepest dwelling arthropods known, recorded living at 4775 m, and named after one of the founding fathers of deep sea research, William Beebe.
  • Japanese spider crab (Macrocheira kaempferi), the world's largest crab based on leg span. Fully grown, its leg span can reach 4m!
  • Champagne crab (Hypothalassia acerba), a spiky crab discovered and named by researchers working at the Raffles Museum in collaboration with colleagues in Western Australia.
  • Tasmanian crab (Pseudocarcinus gigas), the world heaviest crab, reaching weights of 14 kg! This crab lives in depths of between 300-400 metres on the margins of southern Australia's continental shelf.
  • Australian snow crab (Chaceon, new species). This large crab lives in deep waters off Western Australia and many are caught in large numbers using traps and trawls. They inhabit waters below 400 m, and hundreds of tonnes are caught annually for export to Singapore, Hong Kong and Shanghai. This is a new species now being described by Singapore and Australian researchers.
  • Alaskan king crab (Paralithodes camtschaticus). King crabs are not true crabs! Though crab-like, they are more closely related to hermit crabs and are valuable crustaceans living off the cold and deep waters of the northern Pacific.

The exhibit is in the Mercury Room at the Omni-theatre, and can be viewed for free from 22 Aug 2006 to 31 Jan 2007. Opening Hours: 10am to 8pm (Tue-Sun); Closed on Mon except Public Holidays. See the Singapore Science Centre's webpage.

Report by Tan Swee Hee who discovered in July that his team of three had three weeks for conceptualise, research and write up the content!

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