A simple and short post of the critters found during the Semakau trip. Plenty more but only took those that I could. Didn't have the usual ample time to slowly adjust till I get a good shot.
Carpet anemone (Stichodactyla haddoni)
Mushroom coral (Heliofungia actiniformis)
Scallop (Chlamys sp.)
Moon snail (Probably Polinices sp.)
Noble volute (Cymbiola nobilis) laying eggs. Bottom left photo shows a juvenile volute.
Shrimp, but no idea what type.
Hairy crab aka Teddy bear crab. (Pilumnus vespertilio)
Sea cucumbers. From left: Stonefish (Actinopyga lecanora), Sandfish (Holothuria scabra) and Ocellated (Stichopus ocellatus).
Flatworms. From left: Acanthozoon sp. and possibly Pseudoceros sp.
A first sighting of this flatworm as according to RY. Awaiting ID.
Octopus. (Order Octopoda)
No idea what fish is this. It was hidding in some crevice. Notice the red eyes? Looks like either a stonefish, scorpionfish or frogfish. Anyone can ID just by looking at the head and mouth?
Nudibranchs!! My favourite. This is Chromodoris lineolata. Saw Gymnodoris rubropapulosa and Jorunna funebris also, but no photos.
Another nudi. (Probably Discodoris lilacina)
Common sea star (Archaster typicus)
And I nearly miss this... Someone (you know who...) was trying to reallocate it before I took my shot.... The icon of Semakau - Knobbly sea star (Protoreaster nodosus).
Three previous trips and not even one sighted. Bet I wouldn't miss the chance to take a photo on my fourth trip and first sighting! The curse is broken!!!
PS: Thanks RY for the numerous ID. =D