MNS Nature Talk: Things Coming Ashore

September 16, 2011 at 2:00 pm

Malaysia is well known for its wildlife, both on land and in its waters. While more renowned species like tigers and turtles are often better known to the public, lesser known animals also play important roles in the ecosystem that they live in. One such creature is an odd looking fish called the mudskipper. Mudskippers are quite common all around Malaysia, and large numbers of these fishes can be seen happily gliding and skipping around the mud flats of the coastal regions of Malaysia. Many Malaysians do not give these creatures a second glance, although there has been renewed interest in them in recent years.

Mudskippers

These mudskippers look like the mini version of a swamp monster!

The Malaysian Nature Society’s talk this September will feature the mudskipper. Entitled Things Coming Ashore, the talk will be held on 18th September 2011 at the MNS HQ Auditorium. The talk begins at 2pm and will be conducted by Dr. Gianluca Polgar, who is currently lecturing at the University of Malaya. Dr Gianluca is also working on a project regarding Malayan mangrove benthic food webs and mudskippers are one of his major interests. As such he is also involved in several projects regarding their ecology and evolution, in collaboration with several research groups worldwide. Dr. Gianluca obtained his Laurea degree in Natural Sciences (2004) and Ph.D. in Ecological sciences (2009) at the University of Rome “La Sapienza”, Italy.

Those who are interested in attending this talk can contact Ilyas Sapiyan (email your full name and email address to isapiyan@hotmail.com or sms to 012-617 5870)

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