28 Oct '12, 9am

[News] In Mandai's shadows: ... cruising with scant effort over the heads of field workers from the Comprehensi...

[News] In Mandai's shadows: ... cruising with scant effort over the heads of field workers from the Comprehensi...

One of the first creatures to catch the eye when one enters Mandai Mangroves is a medium-sized dragonfly with dark, metallic colours, whose thin abdomen rises and dips with a grace matched only by Risiophlebia dorhni , a midget from inland swamps. Similarly stenotypic and almost as rare, Pornothemis starrei survives only in a few unprotected mudflats along the island's northern coastline, where the males launch themselves from the tips of breathing roots to swoop through gaps between the trees and land far out of reach. Short-banded sailors , whose caterpillars feed on vegetation on both sides of the former railway line, also inhabit these inhuman elevations, cruising with scant effort over the heads of field workers from the Comprehensive Marine Biodiversity Survey of Singapore who sink with each step towards the brink. Glassy tigers, whose blue-streaked wings unleash jus...

Full article: http://budak.blogs.com/the_annotated_budak/2012/10/mandai...

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