This mostly black hermit crab is probably Clibanarius virescens.
Striped hermit crab is quite commonly encountered on our Northern shores especially. It is probably Clibanarius infraspinatus.
slipper snails, tiny porcelain crabs, and sea anemones small to large!
We've been seeing this hermit crab with blue 'elbows' at several locations. I haven't identified it yet. It sure is pretty!
with banded legs also remains unidentified.
the challenges faced by our land hermit crabs. And also compares them to the world's largest hermit crab: the Coconut crab!
Finally got around to doing a fact sheet for the awesome Raffles' pitcher plant (Nepenthes rafflesiana). We often find this plant draped on the natural cliffs on our offshore islands.
From our trips, we also added to sightings for various locations. There were many sightings, kindly shared by those who came on the trip. Here are some of my favourites:
Rene spotted special corals at Sisters Island! The rather rarely seen Brain anchor coral (Euphyllia ancora) and a coral that looks like bracket fungus.
Kok Sheng saw a pair of Chromodoris lineolata at Pulau Ubin. Our first sighting in the North, although these nudibranchs can be common in the South.
Seagrass seahares (Phyllaplysia sp.). While those I've seen so far have stripes, this one has pink patches!
Andy saw vast meadows of the very rare Beccari's seagrass (Halophila beccarii) at Sungei Mandai Besar.
Kok Sheng also saw a patch of what might be Hairy spoon seagrass (Halophila decipiens) at Punggol.
Bakau mata buaya (Bruguiera hainesii) at Kranji! This is a globally rare mangrove tree and Singapore has three of them. Now four! Hurray!
Smooth otter (Lutrogale perspicillata) at Woodlands Park.
coral bleaching seems to be easing. While the corals hard and soft at Sisters Island seemed fine, we saw much fewer living corals at Sentosa. The oil spill situation at Tanah Merah seems unchanged, with quiet shores although we had special finds such as a seahorse and some unidentified flatworms, and on one trip I saw three stonefishes.
While many are doing a retrospective of the year (like Mei Lin and James), I can hardly cope with a review of a month!! There's so much happening on and for our shores. And much much more to do in the year ahead.
Thanks to those who found the critters, and who took photos and video clips and shared about them. See all the photos in full glory and read about the recent adventures on these blogs
- Wonderful creations by Kok Sheng
- sgbeachbum by Andy
- Colourful clouds by Chay Hoon
- Singapore Nature by James
- The Annotated Budak by Marcus
- Nature's Wonders by Geraldine
- Into the Wild by Russel
- Naturely Curious by Rene
wild fact sheets. Just email me, Ria at firstname.lastname@example.org