At first I thought the crab was just another brown Floral egg crab (Atergatis floridus). But then I took a closer look. It was quite docile when I gently took a photo of its underside. It has pretty chocolate claws.
|Mystery crab no. 1|
|Mystery nudibranch no. 2|
|Mystery hard coral no. 3|
|Mystery animal no. 4|
It's easier to photograph fishes in the dark as they are less nervous. As soon as we landed, Kok Sheng found a tiny baby Kite butterflyfish (Parachaetodon ocellatus) . Later, I saw a larger one. I also came across a Diamond wrasse (Helichoeres dussumieri), a Mosaic dragonet (Callionymus enneactis), many small gobies (Family Gobiidae) and damselfishes (Family Pomacentridae) of various kinds.
Blue-spotted fantail rays (Taeniura lymma) on the shore, so we have to be careful where we step in the dark!
Fringe-eyed flathead (Cymbacephalus nematophthalmus)!
False clown anemonefish (Amphiprion ocellaris) was stranded at low tide a little distance from its host anemone, the Giant carpet anemone (Stichodactyla gigantea). I gave it a little nudge and it slipped back into some water under the anemone.
octopuses are more active. Here's one that instantly changed its body texture as I took photos of it.
Spoon-pincer crab (Leptodius sp.), many colourful swimming crabs (Family Portunidae) and many busy Hairy crabs (Family Pilumnidae).
Long-spined black sea urchin (Diadema sp.). Russel saw one too!
Blue-spotted flatworm (cf Pseudoceros indica) and the large Spotted black flatworm (Acanthozoon sp.).
Phyllidiela pustolosa and a nice Jorunna funebris.
sponges on this shore.
Circular mushroom corals (Family Fungidae)!
Mole mushroom coral (Polyphyllia sp.), Tongue mushroom coral (Herpolitha sp.) and Bracket mushroom coral.
Trumpet coral (Caulastrea sp.) and Horn coral (Hydnophora sp.)
Carnation coral (Pectinia sp.) with their tentacles extended!
Cauliflower coral (Pocillopora sp.), Sandpaper coral (Psammocora sp.) and Torch anchor coral (Euphyllia glaberescens).
Brain corals (Family Mussidae), Favid corals (Family Faviidae), Disk corals (Turbinaria sp.), Anemone corals (Goniopora sp.), Galaxy corals (Galaxea sp.).
March 2011, I checked out another richer portion of the shore. Today I didn't come across any Acropora corals (Acropora sp.), and the leathery soft corals that I saw were rather small.
We arrived well before sunrise, the lights of the petrochemical plant on Pulau Bukom blazing in the dark on one side of the submerged reef.
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