Saturday, April 30, 2011

Sea cucumbers at HortPark exhibition

Went for a look at the NParks/RMBR exhibition ‘Celebrating a decade of biodiversity conservation and discoveries’ at HortPark, where two sea cucumbers which I described as new records were featured~



Teo, S. & L. C. S. Ng, 2009. New record of a sea cucumber, Holothuria ocellata (Jaeger, 1833) (Holothuroidea: Aspidochirotida: Holothuriidae) in Singapore. Nature in Singapore, 2: 411–414. [PDF, 689 KB]

Teo, S., C. S. L. Ng & K. S. Loh, 2010. New record of a sea cucumber, Holothuria (Stauropora) fuscocinerea Jaeger, 1833 (Holothuroidea: Aspidochirotida: Holothuriidae) in Singapore. Nature in Singapore, 3: 133–137. [PDF, 1.10 MB]

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

First visit down Kranji Mangrove

Finally went to the much hyped about Kranji mangrove with RY, PY and J.


It looks pretty nice and even better, not as muddy as I expected.


Sonneratia ovata an uncommon tree is in considerable abundance here.


Of course, the recent discovery of the critically endangered Buguiera hainesii. Here are the dropped calyx~


And the trunk and buttress roots.


On same of the lower lying leaves of the tree were many shiny mangrove shield bugs.


The find of the day was when RY found this young Aegiceras corniculatum.


And another one! Do watch out RY’s tiderchaser blog for more discoveries and updates about this plant~


Some other findings include this mangrove sap sucking slug.


I was also surprised to find a yellow flame (Peltophorum pterocarpum) in the mangrove!


I was particularly interested in this climber of which I have no idea about the ID. Guess have to wait for some help~


I don’t mind getting down and dirty during field trips, or even mosquitoes. But I thing that I can’t stand are spiders and spider webs… How gross is this?!

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