The hunt resumes on Cyrene as we join TeamSeagrass today! Dr Daphne is accompanied by Chay Hoon, as the rest of us get busy with seagrass monitoring.
Here's some of the tiny anemones that Dr Daphne spotted! I have never observed them in all our trips there! I am always learning HOW to look for marine life!
finished seagrass monitoring, we helped to try to find anemones. I saw this anemone that so far I've only seen at Changi before!
Haddon's carpet anemones (Stichodactyla haddoni) of all colours. This small purple one had two Five-spot anemone shrimps (Periclimenes brevicarpalis)!
Snaky sea anemones (Macrodactyla doreensis).
Giant carpet anemones (Stichodactyla gigantea) are also common Cyrene.
Frilly sea anemones (Phymanthus sp) of various colours and patterns. Dr Daphne needs to study them further to be sure whether they are the same or different species.
zoanthids (Order Zoanthidea) found here. Some of them are brightly coloured!
White sea urchins (Salmacis sp.) all well camouflaged under a blanket of all kinds of debris that they carry. Chay Hoon spotted a tiny heart urchin (Lovenia elongata)!
Knobbly sea stars (Protoreaster nodosus) are abundant on Cyrene! What is special about Cyrene is that they are found in various sizes. See the tiny one in this photo on the right top corner? According to the Star Trackers, "the presence of juveniles, subadults and adults indicated that there is a healthy level of recruitment at Cyrene Reef. This habitat may be the only sustainable population of knobbly seastars left in Singapore today".
Common seastars (Archaster typicus). Many of them were in 'mating' position today.
Grey bonnet snail (Phalium glaucum). And Chay Hoon found a very tiny one! We seem to regularly see this snail on Cyrene recently.
Powisianus moon snail (Polinices powisianus), which so far I have only encountered on Cyrene.
Sidegill slug (Pleurobranchus forskalii). We have been seeing this slug on our trips to Cyrene over the last few months. I had no idea why they are so common recently. Although it is not known what this species eats, other species of Pleurobranchus are reported to feed on ascidians. And there sure are a lot of ascidians on the seagrasses of Cyrene!
After the field trip, we head back to the lab where Dr Daphne can have a really close look at the anemones.
Terumbu Semakau have been at the lab overnight, where they are allowed to 'relax' so that we can see all their body parts. The sign placed at these anemones seems to demand the addition of a little amusing drawing. Sorry Nicholas!
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