To get to the mangroves, we plough through a lallang field, walk a little way along the railway tracks, hop through some mud before getting to the lovely stream for our survey.
In the mangroves, this is our 'locker' for mud-free storage of our bags.
Mound crab (Sarmatium germaini), which is listed as Endangered in the Red List of Singapore plants and animals. Wow!
Lokan, which Dr Tan first explained to us at the Admiralty Park survey.
Mangrove horseshoe crabs (Carcinoscorpius rotundicauda). Most of them were males (in which the first pair of legs have bulbous pincers which are used to hang onto the female). We only saw two females (which lack the bulbous pincers). More photos of the male and female legs of horseshoe crabs.
Tropical Marine Science Institute as he explains more about what we have found.
wild shores of singapore blog.
a video clip showing movement inside the egg!
Here's some excerpts of Dr Tan's briefing where he explains the special features of the mangroves at Mandai, and highlights two special finds: a 'Miso-clam' which he hasn't seen in Singapore for many years, and the horseshoe crab eggs!
FLIP video camera kindly supplied by Shaun Quek of Cisco through the introduction of fellow volunteer Sam Yeo.
Other posts about this trip
- Sean on facebook with horseshoe crabs, their eggs and more. Also a video clip of something moving inside the horseshoe crab egg.
There's more work to be done after the field session, to process, sort and identify all these fascinating creatures. Look out for more news on how you can help out in this as well.
Upcoming trips for the rest of the year have been announced on the mailing list for registered volunteers. Exciting destinations include Lim Chu Kang mangroves.
To join us, register your interest in this form and you'll be invited to join the mailing list to receive updates on the Survey and sign up for Survey activities.
Also check out our FAQs for more about the Survey.
To find out more about our common mangrove wildlife, check out the online Guide to the Mangroves of Singapore and the wildsingapore wild fact sheets.