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Wednesday, May 05, 2004

Sea Stars & Echinoderms

The Singapore Science Centre has just released a new title to add to its series of natural history guidebooks - A Guide to Sea Stars & Other Echinoderms of Singapore. And guess what's on the cover? The Icon Star! An iconic animal indeed, it was just mentioned a few blogs down!

This guide to sea stars and other echinoderms found in SIngapore waters was written by Dr David J W Land and Didier Vandenspiegel, after nearly a decade of research. It provides welcome information on a unique group of marine animals, and is user-friendly to both layman and biologist. More than 120 species of echinoderms are featured in this guide, including the familiar starfish, sea urchins and sea cucumbers.

This is an indespensible guidebook. Priced between $5 and $6, with colour photographs and a wealth of information, it certainly creates an awareness and appreciation for local fauna. Sponsored by BP Singapore Pte Ltd, this is the 39th installment in the series published by the SIngapore Science Centre since 1981.

Available at Kinokuniya, Natures Niche and other major bookstores.

Other issues in the series you might be interested in are: A Guide to Seashore Life, A Guide to the Coral Reef Life of Singapore, A Guide to the Dangerous Marine Animals of Singapore, A Guide to the Threatened Animals of Singapore, A Guide to Common Marine Fishes of Singapore, and A Guide to Common Seashells of Singapore.