himantura

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Leopard whipray - Himantura leoparda

Encountered in the Indo-Pacific from South Africa to Australia, the leopard whipray has a striking pattern of dark brown rings on its dorsal side that gave it its name. Like all species in the Himantura genus, known as the whiprays, it has a very long, thin tail that lacks a dorsal or caudal fin and can measure more than three times the length of its disc. Adults can reach approximately 5.9ft in width and a total length of about 13ft with an intact tail. Due to confusion with the closely related honeycomb and reticulate whiprays, the leopard whipray is not well known. It is heavily fished in parts of Indonesia for its meat and possibly other parts using bottom trawls, tangle nets, and longlines, and has not been classified by the IUCN at this time.

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Tentative identifications:

  1. Grouper (Epinephelus sp.)
  2. Oriental Sole (Brachirus orientalis)
  3. Mangrove Horseshoe Crab (Carcinoscorpius rotundicauda)
  4. Various bristleworms (Polychaeta)
  5. Various bristleworms
  6. Various bristleworms
  7. Crabs and shrimps
  8. Toadfish (F. Batrachoididae)
  9. Mangrove Whipray (Himantura walga)
  10. Green Chromide (Etroplus suratensis)

Reporting from Seletar Dam facing Johor side. Unusually strong pungent smell from the sea got my curiosity as I was riding past this stretch.

Along the shores was a zone of 2 metres with dead horseshoe crabs (F. Limulidae), Mangrove Whiprays (Himantura walga), Flower Crab (Portunus pelagicus), Grouper (Epinephelus sp.), Sand Whiting (Sillago sp.), Green Chromide (Etroplus suratensis), Spotted Scat (Scatophagus argus), Barramundi (Lates calcarifer), Toadfish (F. Batrachoididae), shrimps and huge colonies of marine bristleworms (Polychaeta).

Source: Benjamin Li Facebook

(This is Part 1 of a 3-part photo set)

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Tentative identifications:

  1. Barramundi (Lates calcarifer)
  2. Goatee Croaker (Dendrophysa russelli)
  3. Bearded Worm Goby (Taenioides cirratus)
  4. Barramundi
  5. Green Chromide (Etroplus suratensis), Toadfish (F. Batrachoididae, Wrasse (F. Labridae)
  6. Decorated Ponyfish (Nuchequula gerreoides)
  7. Green Chromide, Toadfish, Striped Eeltail Catfish (Plotosus lineatus)

Reporting from Seletar Dam facing Johor side. Unusually strong pungent smell from the sea got my curiosity as I was riding past this stretch.

Along the shores was a zone of 2 metres with dead horseshoe crabs (F. Limulidae), Mangrove Whipray (Himantura walga), Flower Crab (Portunus pelagicus), Grouper (Epinephelus sp.), Sand Whiting (Sillago sp.), Green Chromide (Etroplus suratensis), Spotted Scat (Scatophagus argus), Barramundi (Lates calcarifer), Toadfish (F. Batrachoididae), shrimps and huge colonies of marine bristleworms (Polychaeta).

Source: Benjamin Li Facebook

(This is Part 3 of a 3-part photo set)

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Tentative identifications:

  1. Telkara Glass Perchlet (Ambassis vachellii), Peanut Worm (Sipuncula)
  2. Mangrove Whipray (Himantura walga), Grouper (Epinephelus sp.)
  3. Grouper
  4. Mangrove Whipray
  5. Mangrove Whipray
  6. Green Chromide (Etroplus suratensis)
  7. Green Chromide
  8. Sole (F. Soleidae)
  9. Spotted Scat (Scatophagus argus)
  10. Green Chromide

Reporting from Seletar Dam facing Johor side. Unusually strong pungent smell from the sea got my curiosity as I was riding past this stretch.

Along the shores was a zone of 2 metres with dead horseshoe crabs (F. Limulidae), Mangrove Whiprays (Himantura walga), Flower Crab (Portunus pelagicus), Grouper (Epinephelus sp.), Sand Whiting (Sillago sp.), Green Chromide (Etroplus suratensis), Spotted Scat (Scatophagus argus), Barramundi (Lates calcarifer), Toadfish (F. Batrachoididae), shrimps and huge colonies of marine bristleworms (Polychaeta).

Source: Benjamin Li Facebook

(This is Part 2 of a 3-part photo set)