I was thrilled to see the beautiful poster done by Dr Zeehan Jaafar for the Raffles Museum of Biodiversity Research Open House.
The poster introduces these delightful fishes in a fun and easy way, especially suitable for the many kids that visited during the Open House.
Featuring awesome photos by Dr Tan Heok Hui and Jimmy Goh, Zee very kindly included some of my rather feeble (and badly labelled) photos in the poster.
The section on how gobies fit in with other creatures taught me quite a bit. There's a beautiful photo by Jimmy Goh of a yellow shrimp goby living with a snapping shrimp.
First of all, I learnt that the odd black wormy like thing that is stuck on the goby is a MARINE LEECH...eew! And the second thing I learnt is that the goby is NOT a Shadow goby but is Acentrogobius caninus. Oops. And the third thing I am reminded of is to shoot first and definitely ask question later. There's so many strange things we come across when we look closely at our shores.
Favonigobius melanobranchus. And gobies as a group are important food for larger fishes.
Male gobies also dance to attract females, and of course, males fight among themselves too. I'm so glad Zee included the 'dancing' mudskippers that stand on their tails, albeit for a very brief moment. They are my favourite of all fishes. I was totally astonished when I first observed this on Chek Jawa. You can easily see this behaviour from the boardwalk.
Did you know some gobies were discovered IN Singapore?! Wow! And aren't they beautiful and colourful?! And not all were discovered a long long time ago. The stripey one was discovered in 2001 from Sungei Pandan!!
So our shores ARE precious and there's lots to discover still!
See this poster and lots of other fascinating exhibits and enjoy all kinds of other interesting activities at the Raffles Museum of Biodiversity Research Open House. Tomorrow (Saturday) is the last day! More information on the RMBR website.