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Fri 01 Dec 2006

Blue Malayan Coral snake preservation

Category : research

Herpetologist-at-large, Leong Tzi Ming injecting a roadkill specimen of Calliophis bivirgatus in the Wet Collection of the Raffles Museum.

The specimen was found by Tay Soon Lian of Central Nature Reserves. Benjamin Lee brought it in when he dropped by to examine mammal specimens.

Webpages for the Blue Malayan Coral Snake - Developed by our very own naturalists, these wonderful webpages are from sites dedicated to vertebrates!

Ming was cataloging the herptile specimens that were put aside during the renovations.

It's really good to see these specimens get tagged with a museum number and safely recorded into a catalogue book before being assigned to shelves in the phygenetic order.

Every 6 months, the written records are databased by students and integrated into the main herptile database.

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Fri 01 Dec 2006

Tyson Roberts and teacher work attachments

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Dr Tyson Roberts, in the midst of examing the anatomy of a Southeast Asian freshwater fish, is a well-known ichthyologist who has been studying the diversity of freshwater fishes of Southeast Asia for about three decades. He has published many scientific papers in which a great number of new fish species are described.

One tome, "The Freshwater Fishes of Western Borneo (Kalimantan Barat, Indonesia)" [Memoirs of the California Academy of Sciences Series 14: 210 pp] is a result of his intensive survey of the fish fauna of the Kapuas River in Kalimantan, Indonesia, in the 1970s, and is one of the most comprehensive and well-illustrated inventories of Southeast Asian fishes.

Tyson is at the Raffles Museum from October to December, 2006, to work on his fish collection largely from Myanmar, and from which the descriptions of new species of fish, mainly loaches, will be prepared.

Teachers Chen Yingru from Qifa Primary School and Chin Joung Fui of Corporation Primary School are on attachment at the Raffles Museum for two weeks from 27 Nov 2006 - 08 Dec 2006.

They were getting an insight from Tyson about taxonomic methods and life in general when I dropped in on them! They will work on worksheets for the Public Gallery, an exhibit on the Black Marlin and pick up some web 2.0 skills!

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