27 April 2011

Singapore's mangroves and marine life on ARKive and EOL

Our mangrove trees are featured on ARKive! I'm grateful that the friendly team from ARKive have chosen to feature some of our trees in their awesome site.
The beautiful Niyreh batu (Xylocarpus moluccensis) is listed as Endangered in Singapore. The photos on ARKive feature trees I saw at Pulau Ubin.

Also featured is our Nyireh bunga (Xylocarpus granatum). Although this tree is not very rare in Singapore, we have many beautiful specimens and I'm glad they are showcased in this international site. The photos featured on ARKive are from Pulau Semakau, Pulau Ubin, Sungei Buloh and Lim Chu Kang.
Some other Singapore mangroves and marine life were earlier also featured on ARKive.

ARKive aims to create the ultimate multimedia guide to the world's endangered species. Believing that wildlife films and photos are vital weapons in the battle to save the world's endangered biodiversity from the brink of extinction. Visit the website for photos and information about a vast variety of plants and animals.

Flatworm wins!

How nice to learn that our humble little flatworm has been selected as the runner up in the EOL Flickr contest "Life is Blue".
The very bright blue Pseudoceros bifurcus has also recently been trusted by Encyclopedia of Life curator Katja Schulz which means the ID is correct! Hurray!
Red-tipped flatworm (Pseudoceros bifurcus)
The Encyclopedia of Life has a lively EOL flickr group with regular contests themed around various aspects of the Planet's amazing biodiversity. This photo now gets to join the Best of EOL flickr group! I'm really glad that Singapore's own biodiversity gets featured on this global site.

Other Singapore biodiversity that won earlier EOL contests included our Sundial snail and our Chromodoris lineolata nudibranch.

Do consider submitting your photos to the EOL, and join in the regular contests so that more can learn that Singapore does have and cares for our biodiversity! Here's my earlier post about how to contribute to the EOL flickr group which feeds into the EOL database.

Many of our common wildlife have no photos on EOL. Share your photos so that more will see that Singapore has marvelous nature. Drop by the EOL flickr group, have a look around, and share your photos!

If you take photos of Singapore's biodiversity, do consider contributing to global initiatives. This helps showcase our wonderful wildlife to the world! And you make many new friends and get lots of help with IDs too!

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