I attended the Sunday session where Yen-Ling spent some time sharing more about the bewildering variety of animals that we might encounter. Explaining the features that distinguish them and how we might find out what they are.
Why do we need to kill the animals during the Survey?
This is a question that is often asked by participants. Yen-Ling shares more about the importance of collecting and preserving specimens during the Survey.
Photos are usually not sufficient to identify species with certainty. Often small or internal features must be closely studied, sometimes after dissection and looking at tiny features with powerful microscopes. For example, sea anemones: here's more about how sea anemones are identified.
All specimens collected during all aspects of the Survey will be kept at the Raffles Museum of Biodiversity Research, Singapore's natural history museum. A well preserved specimen can last for decades and contributes to a vital archive of biodiversity in Singapore. These specimens are also invaluable for scientific study here and around the world.
Some specimens are particularly precious because they are the animals used to descibe a new species. Called a Type Specimen, this particular specimen will be vital as scientists all around the world will study it to compare with known species as well as newly discovered animals. More about how scientists determined that a fish found during the Survey is a new species.
more about the ethical issues regarding the collection of specimens.
|Photo by Lee Bee Yan|
|Photo by Loh Kok Sheng|
Here's an earlier post about the October Northern Expedition which runs from 15 Oct to 2 Nov with full presentation slids.
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