Sand Stars in West Lakes

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Sand Stars in West Lakes by Steve Reynolds We recently received an enquiry from Jerusha King about starfish in West Lakes, as follows: – “Hello, recently starfish have started appearing on the lakes edge at Semaphore Park. I have lived in the area 6 years and have not observed them […]

Elysia expansa, Fletcher's Dock 2018

The Port River – over 100 marine and coastal species and counting

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I was first inspired to pay more attention to this often overlooked ecosystem by the discovery of the upside-down jellyfish, Cassiopea sp. there in 2016 by MLSSA president and area resident, Steve Reynolds. My personal explorations soon followed, beginning at Garden Island. There, a snorkeller can easily step into the […]

The Occurrence of the Venus shell, Tapes literatus, in the Port River

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Last year, I found a Venus shell, Tapes literatus at the Ships’ Graveyard in the North Arm of the Port River. I reported the discovery in my article entitled Further Discoveries at the Ships’ Graveyard. More recently, two more specimens were found on the western side of Torrens Island (8 October […]

South Australian marine biodiversity explodes onto iNaturalist.org

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Marine Life Society of South Australia members need no reminding of the wonderful diversity of species present in our state and commonwealth waters. But how widely known is this out in the wider community? Up until the late 2000s, I would argue that local familiarity with marine ecology was severely […]

Cleaner Shrimp Study

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I found these details online (at https://www.nationalgeographic.com/animals/2018/07/animals-fish-shrimp-health-communication/?cmpid=org=ngp::mc=crm-email::src=ngp::cmp=editorial::add=inside_20180806::rid=7315819595) via a National Geographic email: – It is an article titled “Secret Code Prevents Cleaner Shrimp from Becoming a Meal” and it was written by Liz Langley (Published July 7, 2018). It came with a sub-title of “Reef shrimp and their fish clients […]

Sprouting Sand Sponges

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Our participation in iNaturalist has created some discussion that has almost cleared up an enduring mystery about the identification of this creature: – Image No.2555 from MLSSA Photo Index (Taken by David Muirhead) It has been some 11 years since my article titled Sponges of the Genus Ciocalypta was published […]