New Discovery

A collaborative research project involving members of the Borneo Studies Network, BSN has discovered a new genus and two new species of freshwater mussels in Borneo. BSN is a Borneo-based framework of research and studies network, in which Universiti Brunei Darussalam, UBD, hosts the BSN Chairmanship and the BSN Secretariat.

The collaborative research project was led by Dr Alexander Zieritz from the University of Nottingham, who is a well-known expert in freshwater mussels. The project involved a number of field surveys carried out in various parts of Borneo. However, it was the field surveys carried out in the small streams in Gomantong, Sabah and near Kuala Mendalam, Sarawak that led to the discovery of two new species. The two new species are named Khairuloconcha lunbawangorum and Khairuloconcha sahanae. Through DNA analysis, the two species are found to be closely related to Ctenodesma borneensis.

Source: Radio Television Brunei

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