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Lemon sea fan
awaiting identification
updated Jul 2020

Where seen? This sea fan withpale yellow polyps is sometimes seen on our Northern shores. On rocks and coral rubble near the low water mark.

Features: 15-20cm tall. Colony with long stems without much side branching. In some large colonies, the long stems are tangled. Stem white or pale, cylindrical with rounded tips, all stems about the same diameter. The yellowish or pale orange polyps are relatively large (0.5cm) and emerge all around the stem. The polyps can retract completely into the stem, leaving a yellowish or pale orange spot on the stem.

Pulau Sekudu, Jul 13

Beting Bronok, Aug 15

Polyps fully retracted into the stem.

Changi- Loyang, Aug 16

Some polyps fully retracted into the stem.

*Species are difficult to positively identify without close examination.
On this website, they are grouped by external features for convenience of display

Lemon sea fans on Singapore shores
On wildsingapore flickr

Other sightings on Singapore shores

Changi-Loyang, Jul 20
Photo shared by Loh Kok Sheng on facebook.
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