Rene found a File clam! What a beauty! We rarely see this lively clam.
Lima lima, and "lima" means five in Malay, hence the corny blog post title.
The tentacles of this clam have delicate fine rings!
snapping shrimps (Family Alpheidae) snapping at one another. I'm not sure if the disturbance in the water is due to the shrimps moving or due to the power of their snaps!
Giant carpet anemones (Stichodactyla gigantea) with one very tiny 'Nemo', or False clown anemonefish (Amphiprion ocellaris).
Blue-spotted fantail rays (Taeniura lymma) and had to be careful in the pool as there were lots stranded in them during low tide. I saw one small Head-stripe goby (Amblygobius stethophthalmus) and a medium sized Fringe-eyed flathead (Cymbacephalus nemathophthalmus). There were also lots of swimming crabs (Family Portunidae).
Mole mushroom coral (Polyphyllia talpina) that had been overturned but is now growing to compensate for it. Our corals are tough and never say die!
July 2010, but also sometimes elsewhere. I finally got a closer look at it today. It was hard as they were wedged firmly in tiny crevices.
corallimorph (Order Corallimorpharia). We can't really be sure until Dr Daphne has a look at them.
corallimorphs (Order Corallimorpharia) that were on this shore today.
Wriggly star anemone and several Frilly sea anemones (Phymathus sp.).
There were patchy sparse growths of Tape seagrass (Enhalus acoroides), most cropped short, sprinkles of Spoon seagrass (Halophila ovalis) most were heavily coated in epiphytes, and many patches of Sickle seagrass (Thalassia hemprichii).
As usual, I'm also looking out for signs of coral bleaching. Some parts of the shore is carpeted with large leathery soft corals (Family Alcyoniidae) of all kinds.
Jul 2010 at the height of the mass bleaching event.
I came across many colourful coral colonies of all patterns.
Pore hard corals (Porites sp.).
Sandpaper coral (Psammocora sp.) and Cauliflower corals (Pocillopora sp.) and none of them were bleached. These two species were among the first to bleach during the mass bleaching event in 2010.
Acropora coral (Acropora sp.), Brain corals (Family Mussidae), Disk corals (Turbinaria sp.), Bracket mushroom coral and Anemone corals (Goniopora sp.)
Favid corals (Family Faviidae). I saw many colourful colonies and did not see any that were bleaching.
Anemone corals (Goniopora sp.) that was very pale pink, and a medium sized colony of Pebble coral (Astreopora sp.) with a pinkish rim near the top. Not sure if this is an early sign of bleaching.
Asparagus flowery soft corals (Family Nephtheidae) I came across were rather pale with yellowish tips. We've been seeing this recently on many shores.
zoanthids (Order Zoanthidea) of all kinds.
April 2012, my last proper survey was more than a year ago in May 2011. There are just not enough low tides to cover all our shores properly!