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Sunday, November 27, 2011

Duxbury Reef

An exceptional low tide (-1.7 ft.) at Duxbury Reef in Bolinas, CA, on 25 November 2011 revealed many interesting marine invertebrates:

A Sunburst Anemone (Anthopleura sola) with unusual bright lime-green coloration.

The siphons of two different piddocks or rock-boring clams.  Note the frilly openings to the inhalant siphons that act like sieves, allowing smaller particles through and keeping out larger particles.

Quite a few nudibranchs or sea slugs, including this colorful Sea-clown Nudibranch (Triopha catalinae).  This species eats branching, arborescent bryozoans.

A peanut worm (Phascolosoma agassizii) searching among purple urchins (Strongylocentrotus purpuratus).  This photo shows the striped introvert, or anterior portion of the worm; the peanut-shaped trunk, or main part of the body, is hidden from view.

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