11 Mar '12, 12pm

Wild Shores of Singapore: Sexy stars but sad seagrasses on Cyrene by @wildsingapore

Wild Shores of Singapore: Sexy stars but sad seagrasses on Cyrene by @wildsingapore

How nice to see Knobbly sea stars in spawning position today at Cyrene! I was out with a large contingent of TeamSeagrass volunteers for seagrass monitoring and to help Siti with her seagrass experiment there. Here's another Knobbly sea star on tip toes! I first observed this behaviour, also on Cyrene, in Aug 2011 . Knobbly sea stars (Protoreaster nodosus ) are quite abundant on Cyrene Reef , where we also often see many juvenile Knobblies. Indeed, according to the Star Trackers , "the presence of juveniles, subadults and adults indicated that there is a healthy level of recruitment at Cyrene Reef. This habitat may be the only sustainable population of knobbly seastars left in Singapore today". Chris Mah shared more about this behaviour on his awesome Echinoblog post Starfish Standing on their Tippy Toes: The Strangeness of Spawning! From his Echinoblog , I learnt that thi...

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