The main purpose of the trip is to show Dr Daphne where we found these burgundy anemones which she has kindly identified as Bunodosoma goanensis. We found many of them although they were quite low on the shore and could only barely be visible at low spring tide. It is thanks to Kok Sheng, Mei Lin and James that we know they are there in the first place.
Haddon's carpet anemones (Stichodactyla haddoni) that I completely missed.
Lined bead anemones (Diadumene lineata), which is the world's most widespread sea anemones.
Anthopleura dixoniana. But there were also many other tiny anemones that look similar at first glance but had differences when we take a closer look. Oh dear!
brittle stars! As I was photographing them, I noticed the little orange spots around them. They were tiny orange sea anemones!
snapping shrimps (Family Alpheidae) on the shore, from tiny ones to big ones.
shrimp with orange elbows.
Black sea urchins (Temnopleurus sp.) on the shore today. But they were widely spaced apart and not in clusters of many individuals as we sometimes encounter them on Changi.
Onch slugs (Family Onchidiidae) that were plentiful on the rocks?
As usual, spending time with Dr Daphne, I learn all kinds of marvelous stories about sea anemones. Today she told us about a deep sea anemone that actually extends the shell which is occupied by a hermit crab! This results in an enlarging 'shell' so that the hermit crab doesn't have to find a bigger shell as it grows. Online, I found this awesome presentation (pdf) by Andrea Crowther about this fascinating sea anemone with lots of photos. Here's an online fact sheet about Stylobates loisetteae which is found in Australia. My mind is constantly boggled at the amazing things that sea anemones can do!
Tomorrow, another early morning trip to search for anemones with Dr Daphne!
Posts by others on this trip
- James with more close ups of anemones and also sea star, nudibranch and more.