Smooth ribbon seagrass (Cymodocea rotundata) seemed to have grown even larger, 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. Mei Lin also spotted a Five-spot anemone shrimps (Periclimenes brevicarpalis) in one of them. The patch of Sickle seagrass (Thalassia hemprichii) seems alright. I saw the three clumps of Tape seagrass (Enhalus acoroides) which seemed alright. I looked but didn't come across any Spoon seagrass (Halophila ovalis).
Common sea stars (Archaster typicus) today! They were mostly spaced apart, but not very far apart. I only came across one pair in mating position.
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cardinalfishes (Family Apogonidae), damselfishes (Family Pomacentridae), filefishes (Family Monacanthidae) and the Painted scorpionfish (Parascorpaena picta). Mei Lin and Marcus also saw other interesting fishes.
Ornate lagoon-gobies (Istigobius ornatus) on Tanah Merah are so pretty!
Flower crabs (Portunus pelagicus). The Swimming crabs (Family Portunidae) of all kinds were more obvious near the rocks. I also saw some Spotted moon crabs (Ashtoret lunaris). Also many Blue-tailed prawns (Family Penaeidae) and many Striped hermit crabs (Clibanarius infraspinatus).
Ornate leaf slug (Elysia ornata)!
squid (Family Loliginidae) today pretending to be something other than an animal as it hovered near some seagrasses.
Button zoanthids or colonial anemones (Zoanthus sp.) that look fine.
Circular mushroom coral (Family Fungidae)which looked alright. Also one small colony of Anemone corals (Goniopora sp.).
Pore corals (Porites sp.), but a few were pale.
Favid corals (Family Faviidae) and most seemed alright. Today, the tide was a little high which is probably why I didn't see more corals.
Sand bubbler crab (Scopimera sp.) burrows.
Mermaid's fan (Padina sp.) remains the most abundant seaweed here. Crunchy pom pom seaweed and clumps of green Codium seaweed (Codium sp.) were also growing on ropes.
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Mei Lin also posted about this trip: with lots of fishies including a large flounder, and a hairy crab!