For the last of the three CNY field trips, Ria and I visited Tanah Merah shore.
The Smooth ribbon seagrass (Cymodocea rotundata) patches are doing very well and together with the seagrasses are many Haddon's carpet anemones (Stichodactyla haddoni).
anemone shrimps (Periclimenes brevicarpalis) in most of the carpet anemones, I still managed to find one with this pretty commensal.
Swimming anemone (Boloceroides mcmurrichi).
Pencil squids (Family Loliginidae) even though it was not so dark. They typically gather near the bottom during the day, dispersing in the water at night to hunt.
Dubious nerites (Clithon oualaniensis).
Spoon seagrass (Halophila ovalis) growing as well! That's a good sign. Seagrasses are excellent nursery habitats for marine organisms.
Strawberry slug (Costasiella sp.) that lives on Fan green seaweeds (Avrainvillea sp.). It usually takes a little more effort to photograph this fellow.
Spurred turban snail (Astraea calcar). Calcar means 'spur', which explains why the outer shell has a spiral of blunt bumps and spikes.
Reef murex (Chicoreus torrefactus).
Large false limpet (Siphonaria atra) is quite beautiful.
Chiton (Class Polyplacophora) was found underneath one of the many rocks. I didn't see more though.
Black-margined nudibranch (Glossodoris atromarginata).
Hollow-cheeked stonefish (Synanceia horrida)!
The stonefish is one of the most dangerous fishes on our shores. It has tough dorsal fin spines that can penetrate thick soled shoes.
They are called stonefish simply because they look like a stone and remain rather motionless most of the time, just like a real stone. Knowing there are many stonefish in Tanah Merah, this has made exploring the shores a lot more careful.
Red egg crabs (Atergatis integerrimus) hiding among crevices in between huge rocks.
Frilly sea anemones (Phymanthus sp.) on this shore is huge!
Black spotted flatworm (Acanthozoon sp.).
Common sea stars (Archaster typicus).
Spotted moon crabs (Ashtoret lunaris) scurrying about on the high shores.
Alright, that's about all for the CNY trips! Time to go back to reality and start working on other stuffs.