It is our pleasure to invite you for an evening talk by Dr Greg Rouse, Professor of Marine Biology at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego on “Quest for the Ruby Seadragon”
Date : 16 Nov 2017 (Thursday)
Time : 7pm to 8 pm
Venue : CREATE Theatrette, Tower Block, Level 2, University Town, NUS
There are dragons in the sea.
Phyllopteryx dewysea is only the third known species of seadragon, and the first to be discovered in 150 years. They have such effective camouflage that they can appear invisible amid their habitat of kelp and other seaweeds. Despite being first collected in 1919, the new species remained unrecognized for almost a century. It was discovered, based on Museum specimens, in the course of population genetics studies on the other two species of seadragons, the leafy and weedy (common) seadragon. Phyllopteryx dewysea is referred to as the Ruby Seadragon owing to its vibrant red color.
Greg led an expedition team to the temperate waters off Western Australia to find the species in the wild. After several days of searching with a mini-remotely operated vehicle in waters over 50 meters (164 feet) deep, the researchers got what they came for on April 7, 2016—the first-ever field sightings of the living fish near Western Australia’s Recherche Archipelago. As they observed two Ruby Seadragons on video for nearly 30 minutes, the scientists uncovered new details about their anatomy, habitat, and behavior.
To RSVP,please register at http://www.msrdp.sg/events/greg-rouse
We look forward to seeing you there!