On the second day of Chinese New Year, we visited Little Sister's Island! It has been close to 3 years since we set foot on the shores of Little Sister's though we have been visiting the Big Sister's a lot more.
Feather stars (Order Comatulida) are still thriving on the reefs and some of the Red feather stars (Himerometra robustipinna) are found perched on hard corals like this one.
Barrel sponge (Xestospongia testudinaria).
Brown feather stars with nice banding patterns on its arms and a white "ring" close to its mouth.
Bracket mushroom coral (Podabacia sp.). I like the intricate patterns on the surface of this coral.
Blue corals (Heliopora coerulea) and some Favid hard corals (Family Faviidae).
Bulb-tentacled sea anemone (Entacmaea quadricolor).
Hairy green seaweed (Bryopsis sp.) is this Dawn flatworm (Pseudobiceros uniarborensis).
Red lined flatworm (Maritigrella virgulata) which we don't often see. I forgot when was the last time I came across this fellow.
Apparently, Maritigrella flatworms eat ascidians by sucking out individual animals with their gut that can be pushed out through the mouth to engulf the prey.
Dermatobranchus nudibranch (Dermatobranchus sp.).
Varicose phyllid nudibranch (Phyllidia varicosa)! It is bigger than the other usual phyllid nudibranchs that we see. And it is just so beautiful with its bright colours!
Common sea stars (Archaster typicus).
Remarkable sea cucumber (Holothuria notabilis) is usually found on sandy habitats and I usually find them with its mouth sticking out from the ground.
Black-lipped conch (Canarium urceus) at the lagoon and they have distinctive eye stalks sticking out of their shell peering at what's happening around.