Dr Daphne Fautin, world authority on sea anemones, gave another talk yesterday to a smaller but equally enthusiastic group!
Jonathan Ngiam started off the talk by sharing his experience as a participant of Dr Daphne's recent Sea Anemone workshop. It's hard work identifying sea anemones!
Snaky sea anemone (Macrodactyla doreensis). She was delighted to discover that it is common on our shores. Singapore is the Western most occurrence of this species. She suggests on of the reasons for Singapore's diverse anemones is that we are at the cross-roads between the Pacific and Indian Oceans.
burgundy anemones she has very quickly identified as Bunodosoma goanensis. The Anemone Army is not the first to highlight these anemones' presence in Singapore to her as she had earlier received photos of it occurring on our buoys! She shares more about the global distribution of this sea anemone. Tomorrow, we hope to show her these anemones at Punggol!
striped sea anemone that was thought to only live on a particular kind of snail. But from our field explorations, we discovered they also cling on to other kinds of snails, and may also be found just in the ground not attached to a snail.
Frilly sea anemone (Phymanthus sp.) come in a bewildering variety of patterns and colours. Many similar anemones have been given names, from several locations near Singapore. We need to examine our sea anemones more closely to be sure.
earlier talk during the Workshop.
her public lecture.
After her talk, there was a lively Q&A session, followed by look at the samples of sea anemones resulting from the workshop.