A small team visit Pulau Semakau this National Day morning to explore the mangroves at high tide.
Perepat tree (Sonneratia alba) celebrates our national colours everyday!
We arrive at sunrise and take a slow stroll along the seawall towards the mangroves. It was a great chance to catch up with everyone. Today, we have a team of Vertebrate experts led by Subaraj and including Nick Baker and King Li. We hope to find interesting vertebrates on Semakau.
Porcelain fiddler crabs (Uca annulipes)!
Ecology Asia website, later shared that most of the mudskippers he saw were Silver-lined mudskippers (Periophthalmus argentilineatus). Their white bars are sometime not very obvious.
Api-api jambu (Avicennia marina) about 3m tall. Its typically greenish yellowish trunk is surrounded by a thicket of the distinctive tall thin breathing roots.
Api-api putih Avicennia alba), and their fruits (bluish green, circular or egg-shaped, flattened with blunt and not tapering tip). But if there are no flowers or fruits, then we have a look for 'square' stems throughout the plant.
Tape seagrass (Enhalus acoroides).
Needle seagrass (Halodule sp.)
Serrated ribbon seagrass (Cymodocea serrulata)!
Earlier on, Subaraj also came across some mysterious poop. After discussing with the kind Mr Tahir who patiently drove us back in batches, we suspect the presence of another kind of vertebrate on the island. Perhaps a civet cat? Wow, so much more to discover on Pulau Semakau!
The rest of the team also had a great day discovering all kinds of different birds, insects, a trap door spider and more!
Thanks to Mr Tahir and the kind NEA team for permission and support for the survey.
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