Thursday, March 11, 2010

Mandai Mangrove on 7 Mar 2010

I was back at Mandai Mangrove last Sunday. This mangrove was one of the most well-studied mangrove in the world, but unfortunately, the area may soon be developed.

It has one of the biggest mudflat in Singapore, and lots of migratory birds come here to feed during low tide. However, I did not bring my zoom camera, and thus did not take any bird photos.

Iridescent Crab (Perisesarma indiarum)
There were lots of Iridescent Crabs (Perisesarma indiarum), and I was glad that I finally managed to get a few decent photos of them.

Mangrove Horseshoe Crab (Carcinoscorpius rotundicauda)
This Mangrove Horseshoe Crab (Carcinoscorpius rotundicauda) had so many barnacles growing on its back. I wondered if it found them to be heavy.

Male Mangrove Big-Jawed Spider (Tetragnatha josephi)
This is probably a male Mangrove Big-Jawed Spider (Tetragnatha josephi), but most Tetragnatha spiders supposedly look rather similar, so guess it's really hard to say for sure.

Kalak Kambing (Finlaysonia obovata)
I was rather happy to find a few rather mature Kalak Kambing (Finlaysonia obovata), many of them were climbing over nearby mangrove trees.

Beccari's Seagrass (Halophila beccarii)
The Beccari's Seagrass (Halophila beccarii) was every where. This seagrass can be commonly found covering wide areas in several of our northern mangroves which I had visited.

Brownlowia tersa Flowers
We were quite lucky to find a blooming Brownlowia tersa.

Brownlowia tersa Fruits
There were a few fruits too!

Mangrove Lime (Merope angulata) Flower
However, the thing that really got me all excited was this blooming Mangrove Lime (Merope angulata)!

Mangrove Lime (Merope angulata) Flower
Here's a freshly opened flower where the petals were still in good shape.

Mangrove Lime (Merope angulata) Flower
And here's an older flower which was slowly withering.

Mangrove Lime (Merope angulata) Fruit
We saw a number of fruits too.

Mangrove Lime (Merope angulata) Fruits
There were even some ripe ones, which were yellow in colour!

While I did not managed to find the Kacang Kacang (Aegiceras corniculatum) again this time round, it was definitely still a very rewarding trip!

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