I've only seen this fish once on the intertidal, but saw it again on the recent trip to five islands in a day. After pouring through the books, I'm thinking this is the Black-barred halfbeak (Hemiramphus far).
Leopard whipray (Himantura undulata).
Mangrove bumblebee goby (Brachygobius kabiliensis) on one of our recent trips. It does indeed resemble a bumble bee: being tiny, plump and banded black and yellow.
Swennen's awesome paper (pdf) about Mangrove slugs, it's time I did up a fact sheet on those we saw recently. The Mangrove leaf slug (Elysia bantawaensis) has some intriguing behaviour which is detailed in the paper.
Here's also some fishes that I think I've figured out. But please do correct any misidentifications.
These flatheads look like the Bartail flathead (Platycephalus indicus) which has colourful tail markings and a big flap over the eyes.
Common mojarra (Gerres oyena). This fish eats by sucking up a mouthful of sand with the protractile mouth and sorting out edible bottom-dwelling creatures, then spitting out the debris and sand.
Brown moray eel (Uropterygius concolor).
We've also seen some interesting coastal plants recently.
The Critically Endangered Pelir musang (Fagraea auriculata) is said to be found in the wild on Pulau Tekukor, Lazarus Island and Pulau Biola. I've seen them at all these sites, so it's time to do a fact sheet. I think the stand at Pulau Biola is the most awesome. The Malay name means "Civet cat's testicles" which refers to their fruits. I haven't yet seen any flowers or fruits of this tree. More excuses to visit them again.
Caesalpinia crista has been in my face all week. So it's time to do a fact sheet. I find out one of the Malay common names for it is 'Kuku tupai' which means 'squirrel's claws'. An apt description of how it feels when entangled in this prickly climber. You do feel like you're being attacked by rabid squirrels!
Belalang puak (Pittosporum ferrugineum). This tree is listed as 'Vulnerable' and it has interesting fruits. Yet more reasons to keep visiting our coastal forests!
Brown-scurfy fig (Ficus consociata). A variety of this fig, Ficus consociata var murtoni is listed as 'Critically Endangered'. A strangling fig that used to provide latex before the Brazilian rubber tree took over, the Ficus consociata var murtoni is said to have been tapped out of existence in southern Sumatra.
Kelat nasi nasi (Syzygium zeylanicum). I saw the fruits on Lazarus Island, but only realised this after Bian identified them.
Of course, lots more were seen over the last two months or so since the last fact sheet update in December! Among which must be the surprising rich marine life that encrusted the pontoon at Seringat-Kias. Andy shared a lovely video of the colourful cave corals growing there.
Cave Coral @ Lazarus 20Feb2011 from SgBeachBum on Vimeo.
All new sightings of creatures have been updated on the wild fact sheets. Thanks to all the team members who shared their findings online. Visit their sites for more stories and photos!
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