Brown spotted moray eel (Gymnothorax reevesii) has sharp backward pointing teeth and tubular nostrils!
Here's a photo of the fish squirming rapidly away to investigate crevices.
the day after the oil spill hit this shore was a moray eel. So it's nice to see so many of them today, one year later!
|Mystery fish no. 1|
|Mystery fish no. 2|
|Mystery grouper no. 3|
|Mystery grouper no. 4|
Bengal sergeants (Abudefduf bengalensis), several small Scissortail sergeants (Abudefduf sexfasciatus), many cardinalfishes (Family Apogonidae), damselfishes (Family Pomacentridae) large and small, and a medium-sized one Copperband butterflyfish (Chelmon rostratus). There were also many Seagrass filefishes (Acreichthys tomentosus).
Painted scorpionfishes (Parascorpaena picta), some False scorpionfishes (Centrogenys vaigiensis), one Fringe-eyed flathead, a few Spangled emperors (Lethrinus nebulousus), one small Pink-eared emperor (Lethrinus lutjan), a few Freckled goatfishes (Upeneus tragula), many small to medium sized Common mojara (Gerres oyena), many tiny to small White-spotted rabbitfishes (Siganus canaliculatus), and some small Streaked rabbitfishes (Siganus javus). There were also lots of gobies (Family Gobiidae).
squids (Family Loliginidae)! They were attracted to my torchlight!
last month too.
Circular mushroom corals (Family Fungidae)! Some were still stuck to a hard surface, while a few were already lying loose on the sand. Wow!
Bracket mushroom corals.
Flowery disk coral (Turbinaria sp.), what looks like a small Encrusting disk coral (Turbinaria sp.), and one small Anemone corals (Goniopora sp.).
Pore corals (Porites sp.) I saw today were rather pale.
Favid corals (Family Faviidae). Most of them seemed alright although some were rather pale.
Peachia anemones (Peachia sp.). There were also some large patches of Button zoanthids or colonial anemones (Zoanthus sp.).
Purple climber crabs (Metopograpsus sp.), I saw two medium-sized Stone crabs (Myomenippe hardwicki), and one large Red egg crab (Atergatis integerrimus), many Blue-tailed prawns (Family Penaeidae), lots of small Spotted moon crabs (Ashtoret lunaris), and one large Mud crab (Scylla sp.). There were many small and a few large Flower crabs (Portunus pelagicus), and many small Swimming crabs (Family Portunidae) of all kinds.
Ornate Leaf slugs (Elysa ornata). But no other kinds of slugs, nudibranchs or flatworms ... yet?
Spiral melongena snails (Pugilina cochlidium) huddled together, and also signs of their egg cases on hard surfaces. Some of the egg cases, however, seems to have been overgrown by algae. As usual, Bazillion snails (Batillaria zonalis) covered vast areas of the sandy lagoon.
Mermaid's fan (Padina sp.) and crunch pom pom seaweed that was growing on ropes and extensively on rockier parts of the shore.
Tape seagrass (Enhalus acoroides). Two of the larger clumps looked fine with long blades that seemed mostly green and clear of growths. The smallest clump I saw looked a little sad.
Smooth ribbon seagrass (Cymodocea rotundata) were doing well, with long blades mostly clean of growths. The Haddon's carpet anemones (Stichodactyla haddoni) that have settled among these seagrasses are also still doing well. Many of them have a pair of Five-spot anemone shrimps (Periclimenes brevicarpalis). One had a really tiny Five-spot anemone shrimp!
Sickle seagrass (Thalassia hemprichii) that was badly chomped when I saw it last month, is now lush with long blades! The patch also seems a little bigger.
Spoon seagrass (Halophila ovalis) seem to have started growing again in this lagoon! The leaf blades are tiny but they seem clean and green. Big fat Haddon's carpet anemones have settled among them.
Common sea stars (Archaster typicus) today. They were widely spaced apart. But they seemed alright.
Acorn worms (Class Enteropneusta) on this shore. These long buried worms produce long coils of 'processed sand'. Some of the coils are clean others have dark to very dark sand. Does this mean there is still oil beneath the sand?
More about the oil spill on this blog and on the Oil spill facebook page.
Tomorrow, back to another part of Changi I haven't seen for a long time!