Learn about Christmas Island crabs at nature museum


There was a report on a new exhibition titled Christmas Island Red at the Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum at NUS. The exhibition spotlights the role of crabs on the rocky island that was part of Singapore until 1957, when it was sold to Australia. The official transfer took place in 1958. The exhibition was launched on 18 December 2017 by the museum, and attended by the Australian High Commissioner Bruce Gosper. To run for six months, the exhibition will also show different crab specimens and other types of fauna, including the red-pouched frigate birds. Visitors will learn how a species of ants, the so-called yellow crazy ants, and feral cats that were brought to the island threatened its biodiversity, including the red crabs.

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