Anemone haven in waters off Singapore

Of the 1,000-odd known species of these flower-like predatory marine animals, more than 50 are found in Singapore - even in mangrove swamps, previously thought to be inhospitable habitats. The world's smallest anemone, at a mere 1mm across, is found on seagrass here, as is the world's largest, at more than 1m in height and diameter. These critters, which have stinging cells on their tentacles to paralyse prey for food, have been the subject of Dr Daphne Fautin's fascination. Since 2007, the American taxonomist from the University of Kansas has helped researchers here find, classify and describe a dozen species of sea anemones that have never been seen here before, including a couple that could be new to science. This week, she was here again to train participants in a comprehensive survey of marine biodiversity here. On Tuesday evening, she gave a public lecture on anemone...

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