soft coral ctenophores
seen? These tiny creatures are well camouflaged and often
only spotted by the fine tentacles that they produce. Often overlooked,
they are probably common on leathery soft corals on our shores. Their
name is pronounced 'ten-nah-fours'.
1cm or smaller, body very flat with colour and patterns to match their
host. Those seen so far were on large Omelette
leathery soft corals (Sacrophyton sp.), often with many
of them on one soft coral. The tiny animal produces two fringe tentacles
than can be many times longer than the animal. It is used to gather
food. The tentacles are stored in two large swellings on the animal.
Cyrene Reef, Jul 12
Sentosa, Nov 11
Cyrene Reef, Aug 12
soft coral ctenophores on Singapore shores
thanks to Nicholas Yap for finding out and sharing more about these
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