The mission for today's trip was to look out for seahorses, and we succeeded! Ria found two tiger-tailed seahorses (Hippocampus comes).
I was so excited about it. Now I have one item less on my wish list. The two seahorses are very shy as they keep looking downwards. It was difficult for us to get a good photo of these two lovely fish (seahorses are fish). This was the best image I got.
|The other seahorse|
|Head-stripe goby (Amblygobius stethophthalmus)|
|Broad-nose halfbeak (Family Hemiramphidae)|
|Copperband butterflyfish (Chelmon rostratus)|
|Juvenile threespot damselfish (Pomacentrus tripunctatus)|
|Hairy crab holding a variegatd creper snail|
As usual, the shore is full of the smooth snapping shrimp (Alpheus sp.) and I could hear them snapping every now and then.
|Smooth snapping shrimp|
|The smooth branched montipora coral (Acropora sp.) looks quite pale.|
|Closeup of circular mushroom hard coral (Fungia sp.)|
|Tentacles with body column|
|Very long, thin and smooth tentacles|
|Body column of giant carpet anemone|
|Closeup of the tentacles|
I'm not sure of what snail this is but my guess is a spider conch (Lambis lambis) based on its spikes on the shell. Unfortunately, my lens was too close for the shell to have a full image of the whole shell for better identification.
|The conch shell has be empty for a long time from the look on the shell.|
|Pinky fingernail size blue-lined flatworm (Pseudoceros sp.)|
|Starry flatworm (Pseudobiceros stellae)|
|Black phyllid nudibranch (Phyllidiella nigra)|
|Underside of black phyllid nudibranch|
The comprehensive marine biodiversity survey expedition begins in October and I hope to blog about my part in this expedition. Look forward to seeing the various specimens being collected.
Posts by others on this trip:
Ria - Mission seahorse at Sisters Island
Kok Sheng - Feather star an coral garden at Big Sisters' Island