Sunday, October 17, 2010

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Raffles Museum Treasures: Giant weevil

P1440253
Giant weevil (Macrochirus sp.)
Collected from Kent Ridge, 1999
Native to Singapore


Macrochirus praetor
(Photo by audobonimages)

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Raffles Museum Treasures: Stalk-eyed fly

P1010610
Stalk-eyed fly (?Teleopsis quinqueguttata)
Collected from Bukit Timah, June 1985
Native to Singapore

This specimen was labelled as "Diopteris sp.", which is probably an error, as this name apparently doesn't exist.

Karthik's Journey: Stalk-eyed Fly
Pharyngula: The Lovely Stalk-eyed Fly
Female choice response to artificial selection on an
exaggerated male trait in a stalk-eyed fly



Teleopsis quinqueguttata
(Photo by spilopterus)

Monday, October 4, 2010

Raffles Museum Treasures: Mole cricket

P1010765
Mole cricket (Gryllotalpa sp.)
Collected from Telok Blangah, October 1989
Native to Singapore

Very little information about the mole crickets of Singapore is readily available; one species (Gryllotalpa fulvipes) is Endangered and known only from primary forest in Bukit Timah.

Mole Cricket Knowledge Base
Rice Knowledge Bank: Pests
Brisbane Insects and Spiders
Pest Mole Cricket Management


(Photo by Frog Head)

Monday Morgue: 4th October 2010

P1470277
Hammer oyster (Malleus sp.)
Cyrene Reef, 26th June 2010

While the white hammer oyster (Malleus albus) has been recorded in Singapore, it is also possible that the black hammer oyster (M. malleus) is present here as well.

Wild Fact Sheets
Form and habit in species of Malleus (including the "hammer oysters") with comparative observations on Isognomon isognomon

Saturday, October 2, 2010