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Author/Editor: N. Sivasothi
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Wed 28 Feb 2007

The Raffles Bulletin of Zoology, Vol. 55, No. 1 (28 Feb 2007)

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The Raffles Bulletin of Zoology, Vol. 55, No. 1 (28 Feb 2007)

Volume 55 Number 1 of The Raffles Bulletin of Zoology is published today . All the articles are available for free download at the bibliography page, "pdfs of The Raffles Bulletin of Zoology, 1928 - 2007" - link.

TAXONOMY AND SYSTEMATICS

  • Records of dacine fruit flies and new species of Dacus (Diptera: Tephritidae) in Bhutan. Richard A. I. Drew, M. C. Romig and C. Dorji. Pp. 1-21.
  • The Phortica sensu stricto (Insecta: Diptera: Drosophilidae) from Malaysia. Hong-Wei Chen, Masanori J. Toda, Maklarin B. Lakim and Maryati B. Mohamed. Pp. 23-41.
  • Three new species of Stegana (Oxyphortica) from Yunnan Province, Southwestern China (Insecta: Diptera: Drosophilidae). Miao-Feng Xu, Jian-Jun Gao and Hong-Wei Chen. Pp. 43-47.
  • Paraclius (Diptera: Dolichopodidae: Dolichopodinae) of Singapore, with new species from mangroves. Lili Zhang, Ding Yang and Patrick Grootaert. Pp. 49-62.
  • First records of the family Ochyroceratidae (Arachnida: Araneae) from China, with descriptions of a new genus and eight new species. Yanfeng Tong and Shuqiang Li. Pp. 63-76.
  • Two new freshwater prawns of the genus Macrobrachium Bate, 1868 (Crustacea: Decapoda: Palaemonidae) from the Kelian River, East Kalimantan, Indonesia. D. Wowor and J. Short. Pp. 77-87.
  • Two new species of Gonodactylellus from the Western Pacific (Gonodactylidae: Stomatopoda). Shane T. Ahyong and Mark V. Erdmann. Pp. 89-95.
  • A new species of the hermit crab genus Pagurixus Melin (Crustacea: Decapoda: Anomura: Paguridae) from the Indo-west Pacific. Tomoyuki Komai and Masayuki Osawa. Pp. 97-105.
  • Revision of the Indo-west Pacific sponge crabs of the genus Petalomera Stimpson, 1858 (Decapoda: Brachyura: Dromiidae). Colin L. Mclay and Peter K. L. Ng. Pp. 107-120.
  • On a new species of Elamenopsis from Singapore, with notes on Crustaenia palawanensis (Serène, 1971)(Crustacea: Decapoda: Brachyura: Hymenosomatidae). Tohru Naruse and Peter K. L. Ng. Pp. 121-125.
  • On a new species of cavernicolous crab of the genus Sesarmoides Serène & Soh, 1970 (Crustacea: Decapoda: Brachyura: Sesarmidae) from Sulawesi, Indonesia. Tohru Naruse and Peter K. L. Ng. Pp. 127-130.
  • The “Celestial Pearl Danio”, a new genus and species of colourful minute cyprinid fish from Myanmar (Pisces: Cypriniformes). Tyson R. Roberts. Pp. 131-140.
  • Cyclocheilichthys schoppeae, a new species of freshwater fish (Teleostei: Cyprinidae) from Northern Palawan, Philippines. Miguelito Cervancia and Maurice Kottelat. Pp. 141-145.
  • A review of the catfish genus Pseudexostoma (Siluriformes: Sisoridae) with description of a new species from the upper Salween (Nujiang) basin of China. Wei Zhou, Ying Yang, Xu Li and Ming-Hui Li. Pp. 147-155.
  • A new treefrog of the genus Rhacophorus (Anura: Rhacophoridae) from Hainan Island, China. Wen-hao Chou, Michael Wai-Neng Lau and Bosco P. L. Chan. Pp. 157-165.
  • A new Luperosaurus (Squamata: Gekkonidae) from the Sierra Madre of Luzon Island, Philippines. Rafe M. Brown, Arvin C. Diesmos and Melizar V. Duya. Pp. 167-174.

CONSERVATION AND ECOLOGY

  • Butterfly (Lepidoptera: Rhopalocera) distribution along an altitudinal gradient on Mount Tangkuban Parahu, West Java, Indonesia. S. S. Tati-Subahar, Anzilni F. Amasya and Devi N. Choesin. Pp. 175-178.
  • The latitudinal distribution of sphingid species richness in continental Southeast Asia: What causes the biodiversity ‘hot spot’ in Northern Thailand? Jan Beck, Ian J. Kitching and Jean Haxaire. Pp. 179-185.
  • Cooperative breeding in the puff-throated bulbul Alophoixus pallidus in Thailand. Andrew J. Pierce, Kihoko Tokue, Korakoch Pobprasert and Wangworn Sankamethawee. Pp. 187-189.
  • The role of birds in matter and energy flow in the ecosystem. Aeshita Mukherjee, B. Wilske and C. K. Borad. Pp. 191-194.
  • Rediscovering the Dugong (Dugong dugon) in Myanmar and capacity building for research and conservation. A. D. Ilangakoon and Tint Tun. Pp. 195-199.
  • Covarvariation in the great calls of rehabilitant and wild gibbons (Hylobates albibarbis). Susan M. Cheyne, David J. Chivers and Jito Sugardjito. Pp. 201-207.
  • A camera trapping inventory for mammals in a mixed use planted forest in Sarawak. Belden Giman, Robert Stuebing, Nyegang Megum, William J. Mcshea and Chad M. Stewart. Pp. 209-215.
  • The Javan Rhinoceros Rhinoceros sondaicus in Borneo. Earl of Cranbrook and Philip J. Piper. Pp. 217-220.

BOOK REVIEW

  • Fishes of Mongolia. A check-list of the fishes known to occur in mongolia with comments on Systematics and Nomenclature. Tan Heok Hui. Pp. 221.
  • Colugo. The Flying Lemurs of South-east Asia. Richard Corlett. Pp. 222.

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Fri 27 Oct 2006

Colin McClay, Univ. Canterbury, NZ

Category : people

Our favourite Kiwi is with us once again. Colin a.k.a. Colin McClay, University of Canterbury, New Zealand, turned up just moments ago in the Raffles Museum. I had heard he was flying in last night.

He'll be with us for a "couple of weeks". He was last here in February 2005 and works on the Dromiidae.

I plastered the gentlemen against the wall and grab a mug shot. That handphone camera does come in useful.

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Thu 03 Feb 2005

Colin McClay, U. Canterbury, NZ

Category : visitors

Colin McClay of the University of Canterbury, New Zealand, enjoying a cuppa outside the Systematics & Ecology Lab.

Colin, who works on the Dromiidae is here from 22nd January to 10th February 2005.

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Thu 03 Feb 2005

Marine taxonomists line up in Peter's lab

Category : visitors

From left: Bertrand Richer De Forges (carcinologist), Philippe Bouchet (malacologist), Peter Ng, Colin McLay (carcinologist).

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Sun 23 Jan 2005

Mainly Crusty visitors in February at the Raffles Museum

Category : visitors

Dr Betrand Richer De Forges, 15 Jan - 14 Feb (Crab: Majidae)
Dr Colin McLay 22 Jan - 10 Feb (Crab: Dromiidae, Dynomenidae)
Dr Philip Bouchet, 1 Feb (half day) (Mollusc)
Ms Marivene Manuel, 11 Feb - 28 Feb (Crab)
Dr Dwi Listyo Rahayu, 15 Feb - 1 Mar (Hermit crabs)
Dr Tomoyuki Komai, 15 Feb - 19 Feb (Hermit crabs)
Dr Bella Galil, 15 Feb - 8 Mar (Crab: Leucosiidae)

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Thu 24 Jun 2004

Visiting Curatorship at the Paris Museum: Tan Swee Hee

Category : research


Tan Swee Hee in the attic laboratory, pictured between Alain Crosnier and Shane Ahyong.

Tan Swee Hee (Systematics & Ecology Lab) was invited to the Museum national d'Histoire naturelle (Paris museum) as a visiting curator by the former Directeur de recherches de classe exceptionnelle of Institut de Recherche pour le Développment (IRD, formerly ORSTOM) and world-renowned Penaeid expert, M. Alain Crosnier. The Paris Museum programme invites specialists to work on marine organisms in the vast collection, stocked significantly by the MUSORSTOM expeditions.

The expeditions are a collaborative effort between the Paris Museum and IRD. Numerous intensive collections began in the late 1970s and the Paris Museum presently holds specimens from 82 MUSORSTOM expeditions from 10 territories, from a total of 5903 collecting stations! This is probably one of the largest collections of Indo-Pacific marine organisms in the world.

Pictured on the left is a new species of Garthambrus that will be described in an upcoming revision of the genus with Colin McLay of the University of Canterbury.

Species belonging in the genus Garthambrus are mainly deep-sea crabs and this particular male specimen (17.3 x 12.5 mm) was obtained from Vanuatu at a depth of 460-480 m. Photograph courtesy of MUSORSTOM.

Swee Hee worked on the the family of crabs known as the Parthenopidae for two months in 1999 and more recently, April of 2004. He identified the MUSORSTOM parthenopids and assisted in the rearrangement and nomenclatural updating of the museum's collection, possibly the world's largest. With this data set and others, he was able to complete a worldwide revision of the Parthenopidae.

He worked in Crosnier's laboratory at the attic of the Département Systématique et Évolution, which he shared with stomatopod (mantis shrimp) specialist Dr. Shane Ahyong from the Australian Museum. Shane is no stranger to the Raffles Museum as he has several ongoing research projects with staff and students and is a former recipient of the Raffles Museum's Short term visiting research fellowship.

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