Black cardinalfish (Apogon melas) that is identified by a pale edged dark spot at the base of the second dorsal fin. Mighty difficult to see this spot on a tiny fish!
Here's another mystery fish that I have seen many times. I think this is the Spangled emperor (Lethrinus nebulosus).
Callionymus enneactis. We often see it on coral rubble and near reefs. I think it is probably quite common, just overlooked because it is so small and well camouflaged.
halfbeak with a short 'nose' is Hyporhamphus quoyi. I often see these bright blue torpedo-shaped fishes hovering near reefs on our night trips.
Mullets (Family Mugilidae).
Family Platycephalidae, but are gobies: Crocodile flathead gobies (Psammogobius biocellatus). These small fishes are frequently encountered on many of our shores and come in a wide variety of patterns and colours.
Recently, in my frenzy over mangroves, I finally saw some common mangrove fishes. Like the pretty Grey knight-goby (Stigmatogobius sadanundio) which is pearly grey with 3-4 rows of small round black spots on the sides.
Whitespot also called the Tinhead (Aplocheilus panchax). It is said to feed mainly on insects and thus has been used for mosquito control!
Scissortail sergeant (Abudefduf sexfasciatus) once, at Sisters Island. I thought it was the more commonly seen Bengal sergeant (Abudefduf bengalensis). Until I took a closer look at the photo at home, and noticed the black bars on its tail which gives its common name.
Mei Lin and Chay Hoon saw this anemone while diving in Sep 10. And Dr Daphne Fautin has kindly identified it as Merten's carpet anemone (Stichodactyla mertensii), which Dr Tan Swee Hee says is likely to be a new record for Singapore! See Chay Hoon's blog post about the anemone. My bad for taking so long to do a fact sheet on it.
|Top row photos by Neo Mei Lin, lower row by Toh Chay Hoon.|
Cyrene is a marvellous place and almost everytime we visit, I see something I've never seen before! During a walk for the Environmental Engineering Society of Singapore, the sharp eyed Koh Lee Chew spotted this slug which is possibly the Reticulated tailed slug (Philinopsis reticulata), my first time seeing it! Looking closely at these slugs, I also sorted out the identity of some of the related Headshield snails and slugs in the Order Cephalaspidea.
horribly wet weather at Cyrene, I saw a strange moon snail for the first time! I think it is Polinices powisianus.
Cyrene trip with TeamSeagrass, Dr Dan spotted the first Tiger anemone I've seen on our Southern shores! Cyrene is really an awesome reef!
Meanwhile, I'm still learning a lot about our coastal and mangrove plants, thanks to kind help of patient botanists. The fascinating paper about this plant made me realise I had seen it before! From the paper, I learnt that the Bonduc (Caesalpinia bonduc) is very VERY rare!
Ipil (Intsia bijuga). But I haven't seen one flowering yet. Another reason to keep visiting our mangroves!
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