seen? This sea fan with long, skinny branches are sometimes
seen in numbers on our Northern shores, including Changi and even
the East Coast. On coral rubble, rocks, stones and in sand.
Features: 10-20cm long. Generally
with long branches without much side branching. In some colonies,
the long branches are neatly and evenly spaced along the central stem
on one plane so the whole colony looks like the veins of a leaf. But
in some large colonies, the long branches are tangled. Stems long,
skinny and somewhat flattened. Colours seen include red, maroon, orange
and yellow. The white polyps are relatively large (0.5cm) compared
to the stem and emerge on opposite edges of the flattened stems.
Those seen on our shores often have all kinds of small animals clinging
onto to them including tiny
colourful brittle stars, transparent shrimps and ovulid
East Coast, Jun 06
Changi, Jul 09
Changi, May 06
Pulau Sekudu, Aug 06
Chek Jawa, Jul 05
sea fans on Singapore Shores
photos of skinny sea fans on Singapore shores
are difficult to positively identify without close examination.
On this website, they are grouped by external
features for convenience of display