Among the anemones we saw were many Frilly sea anemones (Phymanthus sp.) with branched tentacles and spots on its body.
Giant carpet anemones (Stichodactyla gigantea). One of them had a 'Nemo' in it! But sneaky camera was too feeble to photograph it in the murky water.
a few months ago. At first glance it looks like the Pizza anemone (Cryptodendrum adhaesivum). To be sure, we need to take a closer look at it.
Wriggly reef anemones which are very shy, the Haddon's carpet anemone (Stichodactyla haddoni) in the seagrasses. Unfortunately we couldn't relocate the 'Hantuensis' anemone that James saw on St. John's Island earlier in the year. Perhaps the heavy rain earlier made them burrow deep into the soft silty ground where they live?
I've never before explored the outer edges of St. John's Island near the seawalls at super low tide. There are quite a few surprises there including some interesting hard corals! There were two large Tongue mushroom corals (Herpolitha sp.).
Knobbly sea star (Protoreaster nodosus) on the seagrass meadows! We all immediately thought of Kok Sheng, who was braving the downpour and exploring our East Coast Park where he also found unexpectedly rich marine life!
Hexacorallians of the World website can tell us so much about our sea anemones!
her paper on the 16 species of anemones on the shores of Singapore. Everyone seems to be able to use it very well!
Do try to catch Dr Daphne's "Sea Anemone Lecture"on 21 Jun (Tue) 7pm. It's free and all are welcome to attend. I've just received the abstract of her talk:
Hidden treasures of biodiversity: flowers of the marine world (sea anemones)
Nemo lived in a sea anemone. These animals, which look like harmless flowers, are actually carnivorous that can eat Nemo and other larger prey. My study of Singapore's sea anemone diversity over the past five years suggests that there about 50 shallow-water species and most of them undocumented until recently.
The sea anemone diversity in Singapore waters include one species that can swim and several that can sting humans. The diversity is so high that it was postulated that Singapore has more species of sea anemones than the entire west coast of north America!
In this talk, I will explore questions like: What allows clownfishes to live in such a hostile environment? What factors are responsible for Singapore having a greater diversity of sea anemones than any area its size anywhere in the world? Where else do sea anemones live? And what role do sea anemones play in nature?
The Sea Anemone Workshop is jointly organised by the Raffles Museum of Biodiversity Research and the Tropical Marine Science Institute in conjunction with the National Parks Board, National Biodiversity Centre and their Comprehensive Marine Biodiversity Survey of Singapore.
Posts by others on this trip
- James captures the indefatigable Dr Daphne at work today.