Giant Top Shell ( Tectus niloticus)
Cyrene Reef, 26th December 2015
Although traditionally classified as a Top Shell (F. Trochidae), recent studies have shown that this species is actually
more closely related to the Turban Snails (F. Turbinidae), and is now usually included in a separate family, Tegulidae.
Spiral Melongena ( Volegalea cochlidium)
Cyrene Reef, 16th August 2015
This species was classified under the genus
Pugilina up until very recently, which is why most references still list the Spiral Melongena as Pugilina cochlidium.
Sandlance ( Bleekeria sp.) Cyrene Reef, 11th July 2010
There are two species of sandlance found in the region, differentiated by the presence or absence of the pelvic fin.
Taiwan Sandlance (
Eel Sandlance (
Burrowing Snake-eel ( Pisodonophis cancrivorus) Cyrene Reef, 23rd May 2008
It is possible that some of the snake-eels we encounter are the similar
Boro Snake-eel ( Pisodonophis boro), which appears to be more closely tied to estuarine and freshwater habitats)
Wild Fact Sheets A Guide to Common Marine Fishes of Singapore FishBase
Waigeu Sea Perch ( Psammoperca waigiensis) Cyrene Reef, 26th June 2010
A long driftnet had been laid across a section of Cyrene Reef, trapping many fishes. While many were still alive and were promptly untangled and released, this was one of the fish I found that did not survive entanglement.
A Guide to Common Marine Fishes of Singapore FishBase Fishes of Bitung
Indonesian Sea Nettle ( Chrysaora chinensis) (?) Cyrene, 23rd May 2008