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The Pentaceraster sea star (Pentaceraster mammilatus) is a new record for Singapore and was first discovered on Cyrene Reef in 2008! Kok Sheng blogged about how Chay Hoon first spotted it in April 2008. Two weeks later, we returned to Cyrene with Dr David Lane, an echinoderm expert who wrote the Guide to Sea Stars and other Echinoderms of Singapore.
|Vyna, the rose among the thorns, |
found the sea star during Dr Lane's visit in April 2008.
In March 2009, Kok Sheng noticed that some of them didn't look very well. But in 2010, we started to see baby Pentaceraster sea stars!
|Photo by Sean on his blog.|
We continued to see this delightful sea star over the years since then. They come in a variety of patterns and colours. I did a post about whether the Pentaceraster sea stars are breeding on Cyrene and some of the past sightings of these amazing sea stars there.
|Top row red one by Mei Lin, |
Bottom row left most by Kok Sheng, middle also by Kok Sheng.
bring URA to see Cyrene. It features the Pentaceraster sea star and the new Cyrene Reef Exposed blog.