We also found super tiny Strawberry slugs (Costasiella sp.) that live on Fan green seaweeds (Avrainvillea sp.).
Ornate leaf slugs (Elysia ornata). They were all over the shore, often moving around on bare sand. I've never come across such a situation before here or on any other shore.
Acorn worm (Class Enteropneusta).
Garlic bread sea cucumber (Holothuria scabra)! They seem to be coming back as I spotted one too this year.
Variable fang-blenny (Petroscirtes variabilis) perched on a clump of Tape seagrass growing in deeper water.
Hollow-cheeked stonefish (Synanceia horrida) on this trip, we did come across the False stonefish (Scorpaenopsis diabolus).
Spotted orange hermit crabs (Dardanus megistos), as well as several Striped hermit crabs. There were lots of little shrimps on the rocks and when it got dark, the bigger shrimps came out to feed.
Swimming crabs (Family Portunidae). And quite a large number of Stone crabs (Myomenippe hardwickii) which I had not observed before on this shore. The Ghost crabs (Ocypode cerathophthalmus) came out after sunset to forage.
Pore corals (Porites sp.).
Favid corals (Family Faviidae), many small colonies and some medium-sized.
Anemone coral (Goniopora sp.), a row of tiny mushroom corals still stuck to a hard surface, as well as a larger Circular mushroom coral (Family Fungiidae) that was already free living on the bottom. As well as a few small Flowery disk corals (Turbinaria sp.) and one small Brain coral (Family Mussidae).
Button zoanthids or colonial anemones (Zoanthus sp.) in various colours. They seem to be doing very well.
Frilly sea anemone (Phymanthus sp.).
fanworms dot the seawall here and there. Also many Thumbs up sea squirts (Polycarpa sp.), most of them completely covered in fluffy epiphytes. Although I didn't see any myself, Marcus and Nicole saw a colony of Common sea stars (Archaster typicus). I saw some Pink moon snails (Natica zonalis) and some sand collars. I also came across a Reef murex (Chicoreus sp.).
Smooth ribbon seagrass (Cymodocea rotundata) (yellow arrows) were doing very well.
Haddon's carpet anemones (Stichodactyla haddoni) although I didn't see anemoneshrimps in any of them. And Fan clams (Family Pinnidae) and Window-pane shells (Placuna sp.) are coming back too.
Tape seagrass (Enhalus acoroides) in the middle of the lagoon is doing nicely, with long fresh green blades.
Sickle seagrass (Thalassia hemprichii) patch is also looking lush with long green blades. The last time I saw them, the blades were 'chomped' short. But the nicest surprise was to see large areas covered with Spoon seagrass (Halophila ovalis) , in some places these seagrasses were quite dense. Hurray!
Sand bubbler crabs (Scopimera sp.). Lots of Dubious nerite (Clithon oualaniensis) and Bazillion snails (Batillaria zonalis) still cover large parts of the sandy lagoon.
correspondence with Siemens about this project.
Posts by others on this trip
- Marcus shared about the awesome huge cuttlefish and tiny squids he saw.