This exhibition commemorates the 10th anniversary of the opening of the National Institute of Biological Resources and shows the process of finding undiscovered species and achievements. The exhibition introduces the process of searching for species and the method of investigation in a fun way, including parody of animated images of smartphone games. We have been able to understand biology easily because there is experience every corner including name of species puzzle fitting, interactive image making and keeping specimen, experience of biology searching using special magnifying glass.

Mission, discover new species!

How many species live on Earth?
Scientists estimate that there will be some 8.7 million species on Earth. But to date, only about 1.16 million species have been identified, less than 20 percent of the total. 86 per cent onshore and 91 per cent on the ocean are still undetermined. In order to keep our planet healthy, it is most basic to find and keep the species that are living with us.

First step, to investigate!

To find new species, you have to research and collect them outdoors. There is no new species in front of me just to go outdoors. You have to research and observe species for a long time to find new ones that are distinct from other species. Then let's go to find the species ~~ !!!

Next step, to classify!

It is called "classification" when sorting according to kinds when there is a lot of things to do. When we classify species, we first use the same address system that we use to build crowds in common forms.

Naming, what is the normenclature?

Who are you? What is your identity?
The process of confirming the name of the species surveyed is called "Biological Identification". Because different species have different genetic and physiological characteristics, it is necessary to find the name of the species accurately so that errors can be prevented in fields such as genetic research and useful material research.

Collections storage like a treasury

The sample should be labeled with information such as the name of the species(scientific name, common name), collection place and habitat characteristics, date of collection, gatherer and other specific information. Biological specimens, which are 'permanent records of species' that existed in specific time and space, are also used as important data for systematic management and efficient use of biodiversity research and biological resources besides taxonomic and biologic related fields.

I've found undiscovered species!

12,000 species of our biology found in 10 years!
The National Institute of Biological Resources has identified a total of 12,178 new and unrecorded species in the last 10 years (2006 ~ 2016) through the 'Survey and Detection of Native Biology Projects', and obtained a total of 2,830,000 biomass samples and 144,018 biomaterials.

What's the Species?

Species are the basic units that divide organisms.In the case of birds, it is often difficult to distinguish fledgling birds from each other until they become adult. If you have albinism that is inherently deficient in pigment, it may look like other species.

Ostrich
Struthio camelus

Goshawk
Accipiter gentilis

Mandarin Duck
Aix galericulata

Kentish Plover
Charadrius alexandrinus

Pheasant
Phasianus colchicus

Pheasant
Phasianus colchicus

Albinism of Pheasant

Albinism of Magpie

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