Discodoris boholiensis was in deeper water. Kok Sheng and James found two other kinds of nudibranchs! More about these on Kok Sheng's blog.
I've tried to visit these Tanah Merah shores every month since the spill, but haven't had a chance to visit this stretch since Aug 2011. It was great to have company on this trip, and more eyes to find more critters.
Common sea stars (Archaster typicus) in mating position. And also a small four-armed sea star. In total I saw about 10 of the sea stars.
Fringe-eyed flathead (Cymbacephalus nematophthalmus) and a Painted scorpionfishes (Parascorpaena picta). Kok Sheng saw a Stonefish! I could only photograph this cute little Mosaic dragonet (Callionymus enneactis).
elbow crabs (Family Parthenopidae)! Kok Sheng found some other kinds of crabs too.
Penaeid prawn (Family Penaeidae).
Haddon's carpet anemones (Stichodactyla haddoni) here. I didn't see any with anemone shrimps, but Kok Sheng saw some.
Black lipped conch (Strombus urceus), Gong-gong snails (Strombus turturella), Margined conch (Strombus marginatus), Oval moon snails (Polinices mammila), Common whelks (Nassarius livescens) and Firebrand murex (Chicoreus torrefactus). I also saw several large living Fan clams (Family Pinnidae), while Bazillion snails (Batillaria zonalis) only covered a small part of the rockier areas.
Common cerianthids (Order Ceriantharia), the most number that I've seen since the oil spill.
Bracket mushroom coral with fan worm is still there and seems fine.
montipora coral (Montipora sp.) is growing in tiers, a small Carnation coral (Pectinia sp.), a small Brain coral (Family Mussidae) and Anemone corals (Goniopora sp.).
Acropora coral (Acropora sp.) colony here seems alright.
Flowery disk coral (Turbinaria sp.), from tiny ones about 1cm across to medium sized ones about 10cm across.
Pore corals (Porites sp.). Most seemed alright.
Favid corals (Family Faviidae) on this shore. And most of them seem to be doing well.
leathery soft coral (Family Alcyoniidae) there seems to be growing larger.
Button zoanthids or colonial anemones (Zoanthus sp.). But I didn't see any Frilly sea anemones (Phymanthus sp.).
Spoon seagrass (Halophila ovalis) are back! A sprinkling of small leaves, most were fresh and green although some patches had reddish leaves, a sign of 'sunburn'. I also saw a small patch of Tape seagrass (Enhalus acoroides) in deeper water.
year-round cleanup on these shores.
More about the oil spill on this blog and on the Oil spill facebook page.
Posts by others on this trip
- Kok Sheng with nudis, flatworms, special crabs and snails and lots more!