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Mon 22 Aug 2005

BP/Singapore Science Centre Guidebooks 2005

Category : books

Sponsored by BP Singapore Pte Ltd, the Singapore Science Centre natural history guide series helps to create awareness and appreciation for our local flora and fauna.

This Thursday, 25 August 2005, Mr Chan Soo Sen, Minister of State for Education will launch two new guidebooks, "A Guide to the Fabulous Figs of Singapore" and "A Guide to Gobies of Singapore".

These are the 40th and 41st titles in the series of guidebooks on natural history published by the Singapore Science Centre since 1981. Since the initial print, over 600,000 books were sold with more than 80 reprints of the various titles.

From 25 AugĐ11 Sep 2005, a display of some gobies and common figs will be open to the public at the Singapore Science Centre.

The books are available for sale at $5.15 at major bookshops.

A Guide to the Fabulous Figs of Singapore. By Angie Ng B C, Ashley Ng, Benjamin Lee, Chuah Ai Lin, Goh Si Guim, Joseph Lai Tuck Kwong, Tan Geok Choo & Vilma D'Rozario.

Figs are a very interesting and unusual group of plants. They produce the distinctive fig fruit and have complex relationships with wasps, which they depend on to pollinate their flowers.

Figs have been part of our culture for a long time, having religious, cultural and even medicinal significance. In Chinese, it is they are known as 'flowerless fruit'.

This guide has been written by a team of plant enthusiasts who have spent much time on walks and treks looking for figs. They have put their knowledge on local figs into this guide, which describes about 35 species found in Singapore.

Some non-native species are also covered here because they are used for ornamental or horticultural purposes. There is also an introduction to the world of figs, how to identify a fig, and where to spot figs in Singapore.

A Guide to Gobies of Singapore.
By Helen K Larson and Kelvin K P Lim.

What do the marbled goby (also known as the 'soon hock'), mudskipper, bumblee goby and peacock shrimp goby have in common?

Ranging in colour and distinctive features, they donŐt look alike but share common features that identify them as gobies such as pelvic fins that are often joined together to form a flat plate or disc.

Making up almost 10% of all modern fish species, gobies are abundant and have a great range of size, shape and colour and live in a variety of habitats.

Of the estimated 2,000 or so species of gobies found around the world, well over 100 have been recorded from Singapore and are documented in this guide.

Thanks to Anne Dhanaraj, SSC, for the information.

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