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    Actually, I didn't know there are lemurs in Singapore until the read the papers about it. I thought they are native to Madagascar. They are a rather unique bunch of mammals that leaps and one specie called "Aye Aye" has a very special finger to scrape for worms in trees.

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    they are not related to lemurs actually, but are a group by themselves.

    Singapore has an incredible local biodiversity that many people don't realise at all. Have a look at these sites for a peek into the huge variety of life found here:

    http://www.wildsingapore.per.sg/
    http://habitatnews.nus.edu.sg/index.php
    http://besgroup.blogspot.com
    http://www.ecologyasia.com
    http://www.davidtanphoto.com/
    http://www.eart-h.com/
    http://habitatnews.nus.edu.sg/guidebooks/
    http://budak.blogs.com/the_annotated..._not_alon.html

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    remember that Singapore is part of the Sunda landmass which was only submerged 10,000 years ago at the end of the last ice age. This subcontinent is the size of India, completely covered with tropical rainforest, so you can imagine the biodiversity.
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    choy, would i be correct in assuming we're similar to the galapagos? aside from birds are possibly aquatic reptiles. Our mammals and freshwater fish are completely cut off from those in the surrounding islands. So there would be some genetic distinctions within the species right?

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    I don't think it's a valid comparison. The Galapagos islands lie some thousands of miles off the South American continent, while Singapore is just a stone's throw away from Johor. Without the human presence, large mammals (tigers, elephants, boars) and birds/ducks/flying insects would still move to and fro easily. That said, some signs of speciation can be seen in a few groups, i.e. the local (and effectively extinct) subspecies of the banded leaf monkey (Presbytis femoralis australis) and giant squirrel, some plant groups and less mobile invertebrates. But this effect would face mitigation by the periodic drying out of the region.

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    wow, we've got bros here who are knowledgeable about topics other than aquarium-related ones. It always a pleasure reading this forum.

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    Re: Incredible biodiversity in Singapore

    Quote Originally Posted by budak View Post
    they are not related to lemurs actually, but are a group by themselves.

    Singapore has an incredible local biodiversity that many people don't realise at all. Have a look at these sites for a peek into the huge variety of life found here:

    http://www.wildsingapore.per.sg/
    http://habitatnews.nus.edu.sg/index.php
    http://besgroup.blogspot.com
    http://www.ecologyasia.com
    http://www.davidtanphoto.com/
    http://www.eart-h.com/
    http://habitatnews.nus.edu.sg/guidebooks/
    http://budak.blogs.com/the_annotated..._not_alon.html
    So much for such a relatively small place!

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    Re: Incredible biodiversity in Singapore

    Thank you for the links. Talk about exploring one's own backyard!



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    Re: Incredible biodiversity in Singapore

    My girlfriend is working in Singapore and I will be visiting her for Thanksgiving, maybe we can go on some nature walks and keep our eyes out for everything! Sending her those links now!

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