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Serpent Star Ophiura ophiura
2013-11-11 10:45:41

The serpent star (Ophiura ophiura) is a species of brittle star that is classified within the Ophiuridae family. It can be found along northwestern coasts of Europe with a range that includes the waters around Sweden, Norway, Madeira, and the Mediterranean Sea. It prefers a habitat in sandy areas at depths of up to 656 feet. This species is typically abundant throughout its range, occurring at...

Arbacia punctulata
2013-11-06 11:08:03

Arbacia punctulata is a species of Arbacia genus of purple-spined sea urchins. Its natural habitat is in the Western Atlantic Ocean. It can be found in shallow water from Massachusetts to Cuba and the Yucatan Peninsula, from Texas to Florida in the Gulf of Mexico, the coast from Panama to French Guiana and in the Lesser Antilles, normally on sandy, rocky, or shelly bottoms. It is omnivorous,...

Coelopleurus exquisitus
2013-11-06 11:03:16

Coelopleurus exquisitus is a sea urchin species located off of the coast of the island of New Caledonia within the Pacific Ocean. It’s an epifaunal deep water species living at depths of between 790 and 1,710 feet and was only identified as named in 2006. The pattern and coloration of this species is distinctive and vibrant. Examined individuals of the species demonstrate that the test is...

Synaptula lamperti
2013-11-04 09:27:28

Synaptula lamperti is a species of sea cucumber belonging to the family Synaptidae within the phylum Echinodermata, located on coral reefs within the Indo-Pacific region. The echinoderms are marine invertebrates and they include the sea urchins, sea cucumbers, and starfish. They’re radially symmetric and have a water vascular system that is driven by hydrostatic pressure, making them able to...

Brown Sandfish Bohadschia marmorata
2013-11-01 11:02:33

The Brown Sandfish (Bohadschia marmorata) is a species of sea cucumber belonging to the family Holothuriidae. It resides on the seabed in shallow waters within the Indo-Pacific region. The individuals of this species are cylindrical shaped and can grow to about 14 inches long. The body wall is tough and leathery and has an uneven texture because of the calcareous spicules it has. It’s...

Black Sea Cucumber Holothuria leucospilota
2013-10-31 10:53:06

The Black Sea Cucumber (Holothuria leucospilota) is a species of marine invertebrate belonging to the family Holothuriidae. It’s been placed within the subgenus Mertensiothuria, making its full scientific name Holothuria (Mertensiothuria) Leucospilota. It’s the type species of the subgenus and can be found on the seabed in shallow water within the western Indo-Pacific. It is of medium...

Bombay Duck Harpadon nehereus
2013-10-24 12:18:24

The Bombay Duck (Harpadon nehereus), known also as the bummalo, is, in spite of its name, not a duck but a lizardfish. It is native to the waters between Mumbai and Kutch within the Arabian Sea, and a smaller number can also be found in the Bay of Bengal. Large numbers are also caught in the South China Sea. This fish is often dried and salted before it is eaten, as its meat doesn’t have a...

Blackspotted Puffer Arothron nigropunctatus
2013-10-18 12:24:30

The Blackspotted Puffer (Arothron nigropunctatus) or the Dog-faced Puffer, is a demersal marine fish belonging to the family Tetraodontidae. This species is of small size which achieves lengths of up to 33 centimeters. Its body is oval shaped, spherical and rather elongate. The skin isn’t covered with scales. The fish has no pelvic fin and no lateral line. The dorsal fin and the anal fin...

Epaulette Shark Hemiscyllium ocellatum
2013-10-15 11:50:38

The Epaulette Shark (Hemiscyllium ocellatum) is a species of longtailed carpet shark belonging to the family Hemiscylliidae, found in shallow and tropical waters off Australia and New Guinea. The common name of this shark comes from the very large and white-margined black spot behind each pectoral fin, which remind one of military epaulettes. As a small species, it usually measures under 3.3...

Doctorfish Acanthurus chirurgus
2013-10-15 11:44:59

The Doctorfish (Acanthurus chirurgus), known also as the Doctorfish Tang, is a tropical marine fish that is common in the Atlantic Ocean. Achieving a maximum length of 39 centimeters, this fish gets it common name for the structures called “scalpels”, which are found on either side of the caudal peduncle. The “scalpel” is utilized during fights with other doctorfish and as a defense...