Frog Snail (Bufonaria sp.)
Chek Jawa, 28th December 2016
There are 2 species of Frog Snail recorded in Singapore waters:
Common Frog Snail (Bufonaria rana)
Near-elegant Frog Snail (Bufonaria perelegans)
Sumatran Palm Civet (Paradoxurus musangus)
Clementi Road, 3rd January 2015
This Sumatran Palm Civet was likely killed after getting hit by a motor vehicle. Photos were shared by N. Sivasothi.
The Common Palm Civet was recently split into several species, based on both morphological and molecular studies. The name Paradoxurus hermaphroditus is now restricted to the populations found in India, Indochina, and southern China (henceforth known as the Indian Palm Civet). Common Palm Civets in Singapore are now classified as Sumatran Palm Civet (Paradoxurus musangus), along with those in Peninsular Malaysia, Sumatra, and Java.
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Weaver Ant (Oecophylla smaragdina)
Lorong Halus, 31st May 2017
This particular individual Weaver Ant was a gyne or queen (female reproductive) – she would have left her colony as an alate (winged reproductive), flown for some distance, mated and shed her wings, and then searched for a site to establish her own colony. Unfortunately, it appears that something had stepped on her, or she had gotten run over by a passing vehicle.
Orinoco Peacock Bass (Cichla orinocensis)
Coney Island (Pulau Serangoon), 25th April 2017
This Orinoco Peacock Bass was found dead along the shore of Coney Island. Being a freshwater fish, its presence along the coast was unusual. It is possible that this fish was living in the nearby Serangoon Reservoir, but was unfortunately washed into the sea when the tidal gates were opened. Unable to cope with marine conditions, it would have been killed by prolonged exposure to saltwater, and then subsequently washed up on the beach with the tides.
Black Bittern (Ixobrychus flavicollis)
Tampines, 9th January 2018
This Black Bittern had died so recently that the body was still warm to the touch, and the blood was still bright red and had yet to coagulate. It is possible that it died after flying into a nearby building. The carcass was passed to David Tan, as part of his research on bird mortality in Singapore.
Blue Carpenter Bee (Xylocopa caerulea)
Henderson Waves, 3rd January 2018