|Mystery fish no. 1|
Another first time sighting for me, this colourful large fish which I think is some kind of grouper (Family Serranidae).
|Mystery fish no. 2|
|Mystery fish no. 3|
damselfishes (Family Pomacentridae). Many of the little striped ones are Bengal sergeants (Abudefduf bengalensis), although perhaps some of them are something different. There were many larger dark blue ones lurking among the rocks. They might be the Three-spot damselfish (Pomacentrus tripunctatus).
Three-spot damselfish (Pomacentrus tripunctatus).
filefishes (Family Monacanthidae) of various colours and patterns. They were all quite well camouflaged!
gobies (Family Gobiidae) which are quite pretty when you take a closer look at them!
Chocolate hinds (Cephalopholis boenak), another tiny grouper that I don't know, and five medium-sized Painted scorpionfishes (Parascorpaena picta).
Cardinalfishes (Family Apogonidae).
Freckled goatfishes (Upeneus tragula).
Copperband butterflyfish (Chelmon rostratus), a tiny Black eeltail catfish (Plotosus canius), a little blue halfbeak (Family Hemiramphidae), a baby Cresent perch (Terapon jarbua), many Whitings (Family Sillagenidae) and lots of tiny White-spotted rabbitfishes (Siganus canaliculatus).
cuttlefish quietly paddling about at the water surface.
Common sea stars (Archaster typicus) in mating position. Besides those in this photo, I saw 8 other pairs in mating position and another 10 individuals alone.
Smooth ribbon seagrass (Cymodocea rotundata) are still doing well. They are dotted with many small Haddon's carpet anemones (Stichodactyla haddoni) . Today, I saw one carpet anemone with many anemone shrimps (Periclimenes brevicarpalis)! Usually, there is only one pair of male and female shrimps in each anemone. This anemone had two males and females, and in the water nearby were another male and female wandering around the seagrasses. What's going on? I have no idea!
Pink moon snails (Natica zonalis) near one another, busy bulldozing through the sand.
Flower crabs (Portunus pelagicus) and countless little flower crabs. Several large Mud crabs (Scylla sp.). And many other kinds of swimming crabs (Family Portunidae). Some females had their large flappy underbelly bits out, carrying eggs?
Spotted moon crabs (Ashtoret lunaris) out and about on the shore. This is the first time I've seen so many here since the oil spill. There were, as usual, many busy Ghost crabs (Ocypode cerathophthalmus) on the sandflats, and Purple climber crabs (Metopograpsus sp.) on the rocks. I also saw one Velcro crab (Camposcia retusa).
Striped hermit crabs (Clibanarius sp.), I saw one blue coloured one. I saw a few Banded hermit crabs and many many tiny Tidal hermit crabs (Diogenes sp.).
Favid corals (Family Faviidae).
Pore corals (Porites sp.). All the hard corals seemed alright and were not bleaching. There are not as many coral colonies and varieties in this stretch of Tanah Merah, compared to the other stretch further south.
Acorn worms (Class Enteropneusta) today. Some were still 'spitting' out coils of grey sand.
Tape seagrass (Enhalus acoroides) and patch of Sickle seagrass (Thalassia hemprichii) were still there. From what I saw, the most abundant seaweed on the shore were Mermaid's fan (Padina sp.) on the rocky seawall, with only a few strands of Sargassum seaweed (Sargassum sp.) here and there.
It was too dark to take photos of the upper shore. But I could still smell crude oil in some spots. And there was scum in large parts of the water and among the seagrasses.
my last visit here. But I am very happy to see so much life on this shore!
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