Friday, May 20, 2011

Other Animals Seen at Pulau Sekudu on 19 May 2011

Some other animals I saw at Sekudu include:

Starting with the arthropods...


A few ghost crabs (Ocypode ceratophthalma) greeted us as we reached the drier areas of Sekudu.

This flower crab (Portunus pelagicus) just moulted! The shell was still soft...

A swimming crab (Charybdis sp.)

The red stone crab (Menippe rumphii), while closely related to the thunder crab, is reddish in colour and has red eyes.

Purple climber crab (Metopograpsus sp.)

Snapping shrimp (Alpheus sp.).

Mantis shrimp (Harpiosquilla sp.).

And the molluscs...

Several octopuses were spotted...

Asian date mussels (Musculista senhousia)

Geographic sea hares (Syphonota geographica)

Atagema spongiosa

Blue dragon (Pteraeolidia ianthina)

Fan Seaweed Slug (Costasiella sp.)

Onyx cowrie (Cypraea onyx).

Allied cowrie on a soft coral.

The cnidarians...

Soft coral...

Ball soft coral...

There were several colonies of Porites corals...

Haeckel's sea anemone (Actinostephanus haeckeli)

There were lots of Haddon's Carpet Anemones (Stichodactyla haddoni).

A long tentacle anemone (Macrodactyla doreensis).

Swimming anemone (Boloceroides mcmurrichi).

Red sea fan.

Orange sea fan.

Sea pen.

Another sea pen...

WE saw this huge dead jellyfish too.

Sea squirt (Polycarpa sp.).

Three-spined toadfish (Batrachomoeus trispinosus)

Copper-banded Butterflyfish (Chelmon rostratus)

Filefish

A rabbitfish, interesting was like resting next to a swimming crab...

Mangrove whipray (Himantura walga)

Guess it's always nice to go back to Pulau Sekudu once in a while! :)

2 comments:

ser guan said...

wah!! Excellent pictures.

tHE tiDE cHAsER said...

Thanks, Ser Guan!