horrendous sand flies and scary stonefishes here.
So far, I've only seen the Yellow-eyed pufferfish (Arothron immaculatus) near reefs, so it was a nice surprise to see it on Tanah Merah. Another special fishy find was made by Derick, Eddy's friend. It's a Slender lined shrimp-goby (Cryptocentrus leptocephalus) and its partner snapping shrimp! The water was very murky! So it's great that he managed to spot them! It's our first sighting of this fish on Tanah Merah.
Reef box crab (Calappa hepatica).
Pink moon snail (Natica zonalis), or any of the other moon snails I've seen. I waited but the snail wouldn't come out of its shell. I wonder what it is!
very recently, I decided to just have fun exploring it randomly. Starting with a closer look at the seagrasses here. The patches of Smooth ribbon seagrass (Cymodocea rotundata) have grown huge!
Haddon's carpet anemones (Stichodactyla haddoni) in the seagrass patch and some had fat Five-spot anemone shrimps (Periclimenes brevicarpalis).
snapping shrimp (Alpheus sp.) burrowing among the seagrasses.
Bazillion snails (Batillaria zonalis) on the shore. But this bunch on the seagrass seems to be foraging outward in a circle. Hmm...I have no idea what is going on.
Striped hermit crabs (Clibanarius infraspinatus).
Dubious nerite (Clithon oualaniensis). Their pretty shells often distract from the animal itself. They all have cute pajama striped bodies, like many of their other nerite relatives.
Discodoris boholiensis nudibranch. James also found a small Gymnodoris nudibranch.
Button zoanthids or colonial anemones (Zoanthus sp.) on the shore. One patch was bright blue! With many little hermit crabs nestled among the polyps.
cuttlefish (Family Sepiidae)!
Spiral melongena snail (Pugilina cochlidium).
Peachia anemones (Peachia sp.) dotting the sandy shores today. The rest of the team also saw some huge Frilly sea anemones (Phymanthus sp.).
Hollow-cheeked stonefish (Synanceia horrida) and showed them how difficult it is to spot it, and thus why we need to be careful on this shore.
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