Entries Categorized as 'Biology'

Slipper Lobster

Date October 30, 2012

Slipper lobsters are a family of decapod crustaceans found in all warm oceans and seas. Despite their name, they are not true lobsters, but are more closely related to spiny lobsters and furry lobsters. Slipper lobsters are instantly recognisable by their enlarged antennae, which project forward from the head as wide plates.

Damselfish Nesting

Date October 24, 2012

Neopomacentrus filamentosus is an egg-laying species. The male fish in this video appears to be establishing a territory. It does so by cleaning a rocky ledge or coral surface. The male fish will court the female and encourage her to swim to the cleaned spot. During the actual spawning, the female will deposit her eggs […]

Tigertail seahorse feeding

Date October 23, 2012

A Tigertail seahorse Hippocampus comes, feeds as it remains well hidden within the reefs of Singapore’s Pulau Hantu. At 0:20, the seahorse turns to look at the camera, then at 1:17 it spots something below it and begins to sway, slowly extending its body with each sway, eventually extending itself all the way to grasp […]

Copper-banded Butterflyfish Feeding

Date October 19, 2012

A pair of Copperband Butterflyfish, Chelmon rostratus, feeding along the reefs of Singapore’s Pulau Hantu. Butterflyfishes are corallivores, that means they eat coral. As such, the species is used as an environmental indicator for the health of a reef.

Singapore's First Crowd-sourced Nature Documentary

Date August 10, 2012

A community project based on the contributions of Singapore’s naturalist community, this documentary explores a simple question that Singaporeans often ask – “Singapore got wildlife, meh?” and sheds some light on the amazing animals found in Singapore, from the elusive common palm civet to the elegant blue-spotted fantail ray.

Baby Seahorse & Invisible Octopus

Date August 2, 2012

Low visibility conditions continue to keep the reefs of Pulau Hantu in the shadow, that is, until our volunteers show up to shed some light! Divers reported “good diving” over the last weekend of July, and understandably so – we haven’t seen seahorses in quite awhile. Though they are known to be common on our […]

Anemone City

Date July 29, 2012

If anyone’s looking for Nemo, he’s in Anemone City – a reef slope along one of Singapore’s patch reefs with a huge cluster of anemones!

Sedimentation on Pulau Hantu Reef Slope

Date July 29, 2012

In the previous post, we shared how a section of Hantu Island’s reef slope has succumbed to the impact of sedimentation. Just three years ago, this part of the reef was alive with Goniopora coral, as the picture below shows. Today it is covered in silt, algae and strings of mucous from the stressed corals, […]

Close-up on Pulau Hantu

Date July 8, 2012

Hantu Blog volunteer and underwater photographer Jimmy Goh, who recently had his pictures published in the book Habitat’s in Harmony, gives us a close-up perspective of Pulau Hantu’s macro fauna, beginning with the beautiful sea slug above.

The Hantu Blog Celebrates World Turtle Day!

Date May 24, 2012

Did you know that adult sea turtles are sometimes sighted near our Southern Islands? And that sea turtles are known to come to Singapore to lay their eggs? Yes! There have been several incidents of baby sea turtles hatching on our shores, including East Coast Park! Today, May 23rd is World Turtle Day! And here […]