Dichotella cf. gemmacea*
updated Dec 2019
seen? This sparsely branched brightly coloured sea fan
is often seen on Beting Bronok and sometimes at Changi, on rubble
Features: 15-20cm long. The colony
comprises a cluster of a few cylingrical stems that are generally
unbranched except near the base. Polyps with white transparent tentacles.
When they retract, the base of the polyps curve to form smooth bumps
so the stem resembles asparagus. Usually bright red, but sometimes
also white, yellowish or orange.
There are also long unbranched sea whips that
look like asparagus sea fans.
are difficult to positively identify without close examination.
On this website, they are grouped by external
features for convenience of display.
sea fans on Singapore shores
|Other sightings on Singapore shores
Katharina and Philip Alderslade, 2001. Soft
Corals and Sea Fans.
Australian Institute of Marine Science and the Museum and Art
Gallery of the Northern Territoriy. 264 pp.
- Goh, N.K.C.
and Chou, L.M. 20 December 1996. An
annotated checklist of the gorgonians (Anthozoa: Octocorallia)
of Singapore, with a discussion of gorgonian diversity in the
Indo-West Pacific. Raffles
Museum Bulletin of Zoology Pp. 435-459.