Jul 31, 2008

Fishes at Changi

There were lots of tiny little fishes among the seagrasses at Changi this morning.A really tiny butterflyfish! It's probably a Kite butterflyfish (Parachaetodon ocellatus).A miniscule filefish (Family Monacanthidae) with an even tinier nearly transparent fish swimming above it. Only its golden eyes are obvious!Another tiny black fish. I have no idea what it is. It was too tiny and moving about too much to take a good shot of.

Of course Changi has other fabulous fishes that are larger, but still require a keen eye to spot. These were all found by Master Seeker Chay Hoon.A rather large seahorse that's hairy (Hippocampus kuda).A beautiful Feathery filefish (Chaetodermis penicilligerus).This is probably a fang-blenny (Family Blennidae).

And several fishes that I have no idea of their identity. This is probably a flathead (Family Platycephalidae) although it's not very flat.And another flathead.And this odd little fish with a pair of bristles under its chin.

Seagrass meadows such as those on Changi are a nursery for baby fishes. Some of which are important species to fishermen. Among those seen today were Rabbitfishes (Family Siganidae) and this perch, probably Pelates quadrilineatus .There were also lots of prawns among the seagrasses.

Conserving seagrasses at nearby Chek Jawa and Pulau Sekudu will allow everyone to enjoy fishes and other marinelife. Protected seagrasses provide a safe place for young fishes to grow up and populate the surrounding waters.

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