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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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Thu 29 Mar 2007

Thu 29 Mar 2007: 11am - Norma Rashid on Malaysian Dragonflies

Category : bejc

"Dragonflies (Order: Odonata) of Peninsular Malaysia"

Prof. Dr. Y. Norma-Rashid
Faculty of Science,
Institute of Biological Sciences,
University of Malaya,
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Thu 29 Mar 2007: 11.00am
DBS Seminar Room 3

Blk S2, Level 2,
Department of Biological Sciences
National University of Singapore
Science Drive 4
Please park at Carpark 10; See map.

Abstract - Peninsular Malaysia is endowed with at least 230 species of odonates, among them the spectacular Tetracanthagyna, the largest of the species in this region. This faunal group is fast gaining popularity among the professional group or hobbyist due do its colorful body patterns and bizarre behavioral repertoires. This talk looks into the current status records, distribution pertaining to Malaysia and some behavioral ecology aspects of the dragonflies.

About the speaker - Norma-Rashid would describe the central theme of her research interest as behavioural ecology in various ecosystems (mangrove, freshwater and forest) in various animals (ants, dragonflies, spiders, mudskippers, squirrels, primates including humans). Currently, she has developed a passion for researching on dragonflies involving aspects of  biomonitoring, biocoenosis, ecomorphometrics, systematics, behaviour and ecology. Her involvement in dragonflies resulted in establishing working linkages with the London and Leiden Natural History Museums as well the National Institute of Environmental Studies (NIES), Japan. She contributed regularly to the International Odonatological Society, SIO, Netherlands and a member of the Asian Dragonfly Community group.

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Thu 29 Mar 2007

Thu 05 Apr 2007: 2pm @ Sentosa - Riddick on the African Coelacanth

Category : talks

Underwater World Singapore and the African Coelacanth Ecosystem Programme (ACEP) cordially invites you to a lecture on:

"Coelacanth Evolutionary and Ecological Enigmas"

By Dr. Tony Ribbink,
Director, African Coelacanth Ecosystem Programme (ACEP),
a Founding Trustee of the Sustainable Seas Trust (SST),
and Programs Manager, South African Institute for Aquatic Biodiversity.

Thu 05 Apr 2007: 2:00 - 3:00 pm
Venue: Executive Seminar Room, Building 'A', 2nd Floor
The Tourism Academy at Sentosa, 12 Artillery Avenue, Sentosa
Click for Map

Please RSVP to Ayu at 6279-9221

About the talk - With a history unique in science and modern culture, the Coelacanth ("see-la-kanth"), was around millions of years before the Dinosaurs, and it was thought to have gone extinct with them until a freshly caught one was discovered in South Africa in 1938. It took 14 years for the second to be caught, cementing the place of this species in the annals of history and the public's imagination. Later discoveries have continued to excite new generations of "coelacanth-o-philes". Three people have died in their search for the Coelacanth, possibly many more.

For more details see the ACEP website at acep.co.za or visit dinofish.com.

Click for pdf flyer of the talk

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