Terrestrial recce, Pulau Semakau, Singapore, 4th August 2007

Much has been known for Semakau's intertidal fauna and flora through the joint efforts by various parties, which concern about the biodiversity of the landfill island in the recent years, species of the terrestrial component are rarely reported. Species list of forest plants and birds have been listed, while that of invertebrates and other mammals almost remains unknown. As an attempt to fill this gap, Hung Kei, Hung Bun and myself form a volunteer survey team to recce the site, and to conduct a "quick and dirty" first hand data collection.



Starting point of the forest trail

To access coral reef beach of the island, everyone has to pass a forest trail. For those have been there, the density and the strength of mosquito bite are surely the unforgetable experiences. In many a time, people will just covered themselves with whatever means, or/and running through it so as to get less bites. But for us, we are aiming to survey this place, back and forth slowly looking for various kinds of insect and spiders. Those mosquitoes were happily enjoying their unexpected food source.

The recce trip is rewarded quite well with a list of of spider species, and some of insects which have been spotted....

Species list of spiders

Araneidae
1.Argiope cf perforata
2.Cyrtophora unicolor
Tetragnathidae
3.Tylorida striata
Theriidae
4.Achaearanea mundula
5.Achaearanea t-notata
6. Theridon sp (green)
Scytodidae
7.Scytodes fusca
Oxyopidae
8.Oxyopes birmanicus
9.Tapponia sp
Lycosidae
10.Pardosa sp
Salticidae
11.Epeus flavobilineatus
12.Thiania bhamoensis
13.Thorelliola ensifera
14.Cocalus murinus
15.Myrmarachne maxillosa
16.?Thianitara sp
17. sp1 (dog-faced jumper)
18. sp2 (long-tailed jumper)
Desidae
19.Desis cf martensi
Clubionidae
20.Clubiona sp1
21.Clubiona sp2 (elongated abdomen)
22.Clubiona sp3 (rounded abdomen, green)
Thomisidae
23.Thomisus sp
24.Tmarus pulchripes
25.Amyciaea lineatipes
Heteropodidae
26.Thelccticopis sp

List of Insects

Grasshopper
Cricket
Beetle
Leave beetle
Paired beetles
Ladybird
Black fly
Red-eyed fly
Micropezid fly
Weaver ants
Twig wilters
Robberflies
Leaf beetle
Common Grass Yellow Butterfly
Two species of Long legged fly
Two small moths
Squash bug and nymph
Praying mantis
Plataspid bug



Others

Snail
Gecko



References

Koh, K. H. 1989. A guide to common Singapore Spiders. Singapore Science Centre, Singapore, pp 1-160.

Murphy, F. & J. Murphy, 2000. An introduction to the spiders of South East Asia, with notes on all the genera. Malaysian Nature Society, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, pp 1-625, plates. 1-32.

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Anonymous said...

This is Tang. Here are a few more species to add to the list seen on P Semakau on 4 August 2007:

Robberflies
Leaf beetle
Common Grass Yellow Butterfly
Two species of Long legged fly
Two small moths
Squash bug and nymph
Praying mantis
Plataspid bug

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