This morning, I finally made the stream crossing to get to another part of Mandai that I've long wanted to explore.
There's quite a lot of trees in this part of Mandai mangroves!
Api-api bulu (Avicennia rumphiana), Api-api putih (Avicennia alba), and Api-api ludat (Avicennia officinalis) which seem to be fruiting. On the outer edges near the shore there were many small and some large Perepat (Sonneratia alba).
Bakau minyak (Rhizophora apiculata) and a few smaller Bakau kurap (Rhizophora mucronata). I saw some Mangrove wax plants (Hoya spp.) and Nipah palms (Nypa fruticans) too.
Bakau putih (Bruguiera cylindrica) and as usual, many were heavily laden with nice green seedlings.
Tumu (Bruguiera gymnorrhiza) and many of them were 'fruiting' with nice fat cigar shaped seedlings hanging off their bright red calyx. So pretty.
Dugun (Heritiera littoralis) as well as a few large Xylocarpus granatum. Also some large Buta-buta tree (Excoecaria agallocha). There was only a few tall skinny Teruntum putih (Lumnitzera racemosa).
Beccari's seagrass (Halophila beccarii) here.
Bakau kurap (Rhizophora mucronata).
Mangrove horseshoe crabs (Carcinoscorpius rotundicauda), the smaller male clinging onto the larger female. Indeed, during a Mega Marine Survey, we found many eggs of horseshoe crabs at Mandai. A study found that juvenile horseshoe crabs were found in meadows of Beccari's seagrass (Halophila beccarii). Vast meadows of this rare seagrass has been seen at Kranji Nature Trail, other parts of Kranji and also at Mandai mangroves. So Mandai seems to be a perfect home for our Mangrove horseshoe crabs!
Volunteer with Rick for his mangrove mapping project.
It's the end of another exhausting series of low tides. A huge pile of washing, photo processing lies ahead, with lots of meetings as well, before it all begins again in less than a week! Morning low spring tide season is fun, but very tiring.