Dr Daphne leads the Sea Anemone Workshop on another field trip. This time to the mangroves of Lim Chu Kang! After a thundery and wet start, the skies cleared for a lovely pale sunrise.
We spread out on the mudflats to find as many kinds of sea anemones as we can.
Mega Marine Survey. Dr Daphne says they are NOT Bob the Blob. Since we need a new 'nickname', David suggests Bill. This anemone has bumps on the body column. Bill the Bumpy anemone seems like a good field name. Easy to remember when we haven't had enough coffee. And easy to yell out, as in "Here's BILL!"
stuck to living snails buried in the silt.
Diadumene lineata, which Dr Daphne explains is among the world's most common sea anemones. On our Northern shores, they commonly settle on hard surfaces among barnacles shells.
she last saw them at Sungei Buloh.
mangrove anemone with a 'flowery mouth'!
also saw at Kranji earlier this week.
Our mudflats are poorly studied and are the focus of the Mega Marine Survey. More about the Mega Marine Survey, and the online registration form to join.
Dr Daphne also shared that the very long sea anemone that we saw yesterday at Sisters island is Actinoporus elongatus! It seems similar to the one that 'got away' at Cyrene. Here's a photo of another similar anemone I took at Cyrene last year.
See also James' blog post with more about Bumpy Bill the anemone and the workshop.
Do try to catch Dr Daphne's "Sea Anemone Lecture"on 21 Jun (Tue) 7pm. It's free and all are welcome to attend. She will speak on "Hidden treasures of biodiversity: flowers of the marine world (sea anemones)"
The Sea Anemone Workshop is jointly organised by the Raffles Museum of Biodiversity Research and the Tropical Marine Science Institute in conjunction with the National Parks Board, National Biodiversity Centre and their Comprehensive Marine Biodiversity Survey of Singapore.