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Friday, February 8, 2008

CNY Day 1 at Big Sister's Island

Well, last year I spent my whole Chinese New Year catching Dog-faced Water Snakes for my Honours project. This year I found myself to walk the shores of islands throughout the three days of CNY.

First up - Big Sister.

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And the weather was great with the sun up and the wind blowing strong.

And of course, the critters were plenty as usual.

There were tons of corals, but I only took snap them every now and then. Not as religiously as the coral id workshop trip at Semakau thou.
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A huge Faviidae.

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Oulophyllia sp.

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Oulastrea sp.?

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Also Oulastrea sp.? Once again... couldn't confirm due to lack of close-up shots. The wind wasn't making the task of taking photos of stuff under water easy too. The water ripples were killing my shots...

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Goniopora sp.

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Fungia sp.

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Anemones.

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A different type of anemones.

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Soft corals. Leathery soft coral (left) and dead men's finger.

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Another soft coral. Perhaps omelette?

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Sponges and Ascidians together.

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And this should be a colony of ascidians.

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Barrel sponge.

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A young giant clam. Only about 5cm in length.

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Spider conch with quite some dressing.

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And look who's home.

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Fanworm, a type of tubeworm.

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Looks like Discodoris boholensis, but it's actually a flatworm (Acanthozoon sp.).

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Possibly a feather star.

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Moon snail. Predatory snail and a good burrower.

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Marine spider.

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Red egg crab. Bad shot... cause it was dark and darn strong wind...

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A diadema sea urchin (Diadema setosum). Notice the direction of the long spines? That's how strong the wind is - even the urchin is having a bad hair day, or rather a bad 'spine' day.

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A hermit crab. Possibly Dardanus sp.. In fact not one, I found a pair of them - both housed in spider conch shells. Talk about matching wear. And so far they mark the record for the largest hermit crab I've found so far. The body width is a good 3-4cm.

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And guess what?! One of them was carrying eggs. See the red mass inside the shell. Damn cool.

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Here's another hermit. But this is a land hermit crab (Coenobita sp.), and will drown if put underwater.

And of course, how can I forget my favourite critter of them all - Nudibranchs!
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First up is the common polka-dot (Jorunna funebris).

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An Aeolidina (Superfamily). Chay Hoon says that it's new (hence not sure about ID).

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Phyllidia varicosa, uncommon as I was told. I found this while I was searching an anemone for nemos. Was shifting the seaweed away from the anemone, and there it was sitting just beside the anemone. What luck.

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At first I thought this was a nudi. But it's actually a type of sap-sucking slug. This one is probably an Elysia sp..

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What a day! And a great one to start my CNY! As the night falls and the tide rises, we took a short break before heading back to mainland - to prepare for another day!

PS: Thanks Ron for letting me bug you for the info. Haha...

13 comments:

juanicths said...

woh~~ Great to finally see a juvenile giant clam (Tridacna sp.) recruit in the wild!! *whoppee*

SY said...

Nice finds man... So many stuff I nv seen b4 :(

SJ said...

Yea.. the hermit crab with eggs and varicosa were good enough for me. =D

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