12 Jun '12, 1am

The Annotated Budak: Desires of the flesh by @budak

The Annotated Budak: Desires of the flesh by @budak

For all their minute charisma and bead-eyed charm, fiddler crabs , which occur in multitudes in the mangroves and soft flats of warmer regions, occupy the lower ranks of the intertidal food chain; the ocypodids risk becoming crunchy morsels for shorebirds and reptiles during their frolics on the mud, and are sitting ducks for serpentine fish, larger decapods and even nemertean worms when they retreat to the bubbles of their inner chambers to sit out the flood tide. Uca are deposit feeders, consuming organic particles and infaunal organisms by shoving a clawful of wet silt into their faces, sifting the fluid using specialised mouthparts and discarding a pellet of inedible portions. En masse , the crabs' feeding cum filtering activities, along with their digging and maintenance of burrows for shelter and sex, result in a regular churning of the upper layers of the sediment a...

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budak.blogs.com 13 Jun '12, 12am

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The Annotated Budak: Prima vēna by @budak

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budak.blogs.com 13 Jun '12, 12am

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The Annotated Budak: Shoots and leaves by @budak

The Annotated Budak: Shoots and leaves by @budak

budak.blogs.com 11 Jun '12, 1am

Many of the corals that survive, even thrive, in the intertidal zone form massive colonies resembling boulders, blocks or ...

The Annotated Budak: Piece of croack by @budak

The Annotated Budak: Piece of croack by @budak

budak.blogs.com 14 Jun '12, 2am

"There is a small rocky islet or group of rocks near the SE. Point of P. Ubin called S'kodo , from a fancied resemblance o...

The annotated budak: Sticking it in by @budak

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budak.blogs.com 18 Jun '12, 1am

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The Annotated Budak: No soft spots by @budak

The Annotated Budak: No soft spots by @budak

budak.blogs.com 20 Jun '12, 3am

Despite the name, soft corals can be anything but. An attempt to palm the terminal clusters of a colony of nephtheids, spe...

The Annotated Budak: Buckle down by @budak

The Annotated Budak: Buckle down by @budak

budak.blogs.com 22 Jun '12, 11am

Parthenopids, with their triangular or hexagonal bodies, disarmingly long chelae and diminutive legs, are crabs that mock ...

The Annotated Budak: Gleam and clean by @budak

The Annotated Budak: Gleam and clean by @budak

budak.blogs.com 16 Jun '12, 12pm

A walker remarked to his companion as they passed me on the trail, "There's hardly any insects here". Earlier, a troop of ...

The Annotated Budak: Of hairy crabs and healthy reefs by @budak

The Annotated Budak: Of hairy crabs and healthy...

budak.blogs.com 08 Jun '12, 7am

most familiar to intertidal explorers of local shores is a bumbling pile of legs attached to the scowl of a shell. Covered...

The Annotated Budak: 3+1 hoppers by @budak

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budak.blogs.com 25 Jun '12, 1am

As in Australia, where the subfamily has exploded and attained pestilential proportions, Sulawesi's acridoid fauna is domi...

The Annotated Budak: Changi beached by @budak

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budak.blogs.com 06 Jun '12, 7am

Changi is no stronghold for asteroids, but the shore still harbours the odd Protoreaster as well as a sprinkling of armour...

The Annotated Budak: Mostly flat fishes by @budak

The Annotated Budak: Mostly flat fishes by @budak

budak.blogs.com 07 Jun '12, 8am

Lateral compression is a disadvantage on gentle strands where the sand threatens to swamp and suffocate every form of subs...

The Annotated Budak: Excess baggage by @budak

The Annotated Budak: Excess baggage by @budak

budak.blogs.com 05 Jun '12, 8am

The final leg of this morning's survey of Punggol Beach , which spanned both sides of an old jetty that marks the long and...

The Annotated Budak: Ears apart by @budak

The Annotated Budak: Ears apart by @budak

budak.blogs.com 19 Jun '12, 4am

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The Annotated Budak: A rambling naturalist by @budak

The Annotated Budak: A rambling naturalist by @...

budak.blogs.com 20 Jun '12, 3am

"The best and most promising shore lies west of the town, and is covered with loose stones, upon which grows abundantly a ...