Pulau Hantu - A celebration of marine life

Secret lives and secret worlds hidden in Singapore's most popular coral reef.

Friday, August 26, 2005

Update: Sea spider

Michelle Lee of the Tropical Marine Sciences Institute comments on Jimmy's sighting and photograph of a sea spider at Hantu:

"Wow. That's quite a fantastic shot. Yes they are very small critters, but fasinating ones though. I can ID the seaspiders to Genus level (see below) but as to what species it actually is, I will need to look at the specimen.

Singapore has quite a diversity of seaspiders. I've collected numreous ones from fouling communities on fish farms, floating pontoons, soft sediments, rocky substrata. You name it, they're on it. The only problem is that they are so small that people tend to miss them.

There's quite a lot of literature on them. Check out British Sea Spiders by P.E. King (Book) and The Biology of Pycnogonida by F. Arnaud and RN Bamber (1987) in Advances in Marine Biology Vol 24, pg 1-96."

Michelle identified the spider as Endeis sp.

It's classification is:
Phylum Arthropoda
Class Pycnogonida
Family Endeidae
Genus Endeis