Specimen Photographs

Southern California Beach Debris

Pictorial Database of Commonly Observed Species
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Marine Plants
  Angiophyta - Flowering Plants
    Our 2 Angiophytes
    Phyllospadix w flowers
    Phyllospadix
    Zostera
  Chlorophyta - Green Algae
    Codium
    Enteromorpha
    Ulva
  Phaeophyta - Brown Algae
    Cystoseira base
    Cystoseira top
    Cystoseirawrack
    Dictyopteris undulata
    Egregia alt form
    Egregia wrack
    Egregia
    Halidrys dioica
    Macrocystis apical fronds
    Macrocystis holdfast
    Macrocystissporophylls
    Macrocystis wrack
    Pelvetia fastigiata
    Sargassum 2
    Sargassum
  Rhodophyta - Red algae
    Bossiella californica
    Calliarthron sp
    Callophyllis sp
    Gelidium coulteri
    Gigartina
    Microcladia
    Pterocladia
 
Marine Animals
  Bryozoa - small colonial animals
    Bugula neritina 1
    Bugula neritina 2
    Membranipora on Macrocystis 1
    Membranipora on Macrocystis 2
    Membranipora on Macrocystis 3
    Thalmoporella californica
  Chordata - chordates
    Aves - marine birds
      Calidris alba feeding - sanderling
      Calidris alba - sanderling
      Catoptrophorus semipalmatus - willet
      Hydroprogne caspia - caspian  tern
      Larus delawarensis - ring billed gull
      Larus heermani adults - heermanís gull
      Larus heermani juv - heermanís gull
      Larus juvenile - gull
      Larus mass - gulls
      Larus occidentalis adult - western gull
      Larus occidentalis in flight - western gull
      Larus philadelphia in flight - bonaparteís gull
      Larus philadelphia - bonaparteís gull
      Limosa fedoa feeding - marbled godwit
      Limosa fedoa wading - marbled godwit
      Limosa fedoa - marbled godwit
      Numenius phaeopus - whimbrel
      Pelicanus occidentalis flock flying - brown pelicans
      Pelicanus occidentalis in flight 1 - brown pelican
      Pelicanus occidentalis in flight 2 - brown pelican
    Chondrichthyes - sharks and rays
      Platyrhinoidis triseriata - thornback
      Rhinobatos productus - shovelnose
    Osteichthyes - boney fishes
      Amphistichus argenteus - barred surfperch
      Hyperprosopon argenteum - walleye surfperch
      Scomber japonicus - pacific mackerel
      Umbrina roncador - yellowfin croaker
    Urochordata - salps
      salp fragment
  Cnidaria - stinging gelatinous animals
    Aglaophenia close
    hydroids (Obelia) on kelp 2
    hydroids (Obelia) on kelp
    Pelagia beach debris - purple jelly
    Sertularia sp
  Crustacea - crustaceans
    Cirripedia - barnacles
      Balanus nubilis shells
      Balanus sp - misc
      Balanus tintinabulum encrusted
      Lepas anatifera on Macrocystis
    Malacostraca - larger crustaceans
      Blepharipoda Emerita Lepidopa - ventral - 3 sand crab species
      Blepharipoda Emerita Lepidopa - dorsal - 3 sand crab species
      Emerita analoga shells - sand crab
      Emerita exuvia - sand crab
      Emerita - sand crab
      Panulirus femal w sperm packet - spiny lobster
      Panulirus moulting carapace - spiny lobster
Echinodermata - spiny skinned animals
    aristotles lantern - live S. purpuratus - purple urchin
    Dendraster shell series - sand dollar
    Dendraster w parasitic Balanus pacificus - sand dollar w barnacle
    Strongylocentrotus franciscanus test aboral - red urchin
    Strongylocentrotus purpuratus tests oral & aboral - purple urchin
  Mollusca - soft, muscular bodied animals, most have a shell
    Bivalvia - mollusks with 2 shells
      Argopecten aequisulcatus shell int juv w hole - scallop
      Chama pellucida shell series - rock oyster
      Crassadoma gigantea int & ext - rock scallop
      Donax gouldii - 3 shell series - bean clam
      Lithophaga plumula - date mussel
      Macoma secta int & ext - white sand clam
      Mytilus - both spp int & ext - 2 species of mussels
      Mytilus californianus byssus - california mussel
      Parapholas californica - piddock
      Protothaca staminea juv int & ext - littleneck clam
      Tivela stultorem shell series - pismo clam
    Gastropoda - snails & slugs
      Astraea undosa opercula - wavy turban
      Astraea undosa - wavy turban
      Conus californicus shell series - california cone
      Crepidula dorsal & ventral - slipper shell
      Fissurella volcano - volcano limpet
      Kelletia kelletii dorsal & ventral - kellet's whelk
      Littorina sp - periwinkle
      Lottia gigantea dorsal & ventral - owl limpet
      Megasurcula dorsal & ventral - carpenter's turret
      Norrisia norrisii shell series - kelp snail
      Olivella biplicata shell series - purple olive
      Polinices lewisii aperture views - moon snail
      Pteropurpura festiva - 3 winged murex
      Serpulorbis squamigerous shell series - scaley tube snail
      Tegula sp - black turban snail

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