Komodo National Park (trip 2) site 32 (my 29th dive): “Tatawa Kecil” (2019-1-27)

Dive site notes: I didn’t take my slate, so going entirely on my horrible memory. This was a spectacular site for hard coral: Acropora (branching and plating), Pocillopora acuta (PA; common), Pocillopora verrucosa, Pocillopora eydouxi, Seriatopora caliendrum, Seriatopora hystrix, Stylophora pistillata, Porites (rare), Pavona, Montipora, and many encrusting species. Saw 2-3 turtles (green) and the biggest Napoleon wrasse of the trip. Also saw a manta ray towards the end of the dive. Encountered large areas from 5-9 m with 80-90% coral cover, including low-lying acroporids and finger poritids. Scorpionfish, nudibranchs. This would be a good site for PA sampling (long-term studies, for instance).