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What

Three-lined Aeolid Flabellina trilineata

Observer

kueda

Date

May 17, 2007 08:47 AM PDT

Description

These are, of course, slugs and snails, and don't actually move all that quickly, but I still think this sort of looks like the nudibranch is plowing through the crowd, tossing snails aside willy nilly.

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What

White-crusted Aeolid Cuthona albocrusta

Observer

kueda

Date

May 19, 2007 09:24 AM PDT

Description

Yay, another tiny Cuthona! This time it's my first Cuthona albocrusta.

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Observer

kueda

Date

May 17, 2007 07:23 AM PDT

Description

Cuthona lagunae. I totally thought this was C. flavovulta, but I guess I haven't seen that one for a while, since it has white rhinophores and speckled cerata.

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Observer

kueda

Date

May 17, 2007 07:54 AM PDT

Description

I believe this is Aegires albopunctatus, the White-Spotted Dorid. Although it lacks the dark markings on the tubercles present in the picture in my guide (Berhens, 2005), it has the minute white spots on the dorsum (you might have to look at the larger view, the big chunky tubercles, and that sort of Triopha-like body plan.

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What

cryptic kelp crab Pugettia richii

Observer

kueda

Date

May 17, 2007 09:05 AM PDT

Description

Decorator crabs decorate their faces with bits of plant matter. Apparently, so do Cryptic Kelp Crabs (Pugettia richii), which is what I think these are, based mostly on the distinct spines on the back of the carapace.

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Observer

kueda

Date

May 18, 2007 07:45 AM PDT

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Observer

kueda

Date

May 18, 2007 07:19 AM PDT

Description

Maybe "brocolli back" would be more appropriate. "Broconotum" has a nice ring to it...

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Observer

kueda

Date

May 18, 2007 07:47 AM PDT

Description

So pretty! We saw a couple of these out there, maybe 4 or 5. This one was about 2-2.5 cm long.

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Observer

kueda

Date

May 18, 2007 06:58 AM PDT

Description

Saw my first Tritonia festiva in quite some time, and saw this orange morph for the first time.

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Observer

kueda

Date

May 28, 2007 04:19 PM PDT

Description

About 3 cm, observed flying around the grass.

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What

Cabezon Scorpaenichthys marmoratus

Observer

kueda

Date

May 19, 2007 07:53 AM PDT

Description

As we were admiring a bat star, I looked up and saw a rock that was not a rock: a massive Cabezon! At least I think that's what it is. This sucker was at least half a meter long, if not 3/4 m.

Andrea got a better shot.

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Observer

kueda

Date

May 18, 2007 08:08 AM PDT

Description

Found this wonderful isopod, probably some kind of Idotea, and most of my pics seem to have it's head in shadow, lending it a Hadean demeanor that is completely unwarranted, but pretty cool all the same. Note that weird yellow thing under one of its plates (sclerites? what do you call them for crustaceans?): some kind of parasite?

Walking roughly through this key, my guess is that this is Idotea schmitti, mostly based on the blunt process on the pleotelson. Anyone have any thoughts? This was about 5 or 6 cm long, found in the rocky intertidal near Pescadero, CA, between San Francisco and Santa Cruz.

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Observer

kueda

Date

May 28, 2007 04:12 PM PDT

Description

I'm pretty sure this Platypedia minor, but my book only lists the genus and says there are 18 species in CA, so who knows. 4-5 cm long, observed near Alamo, CA.

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What

Strawberry Anemone Corynactis californica

Observer

kueda

Date

May 18, 2007 07:52 AM PDT

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Observer

kueda

Date

May 28, 2007 04:26 PM PDT

Description

Body was about 2.5 - 3 cm, feeding on chamise (Adenostoma fasciculatum). Observed near Danville, CA. Now that I've had a Hedgerow Hairstreak pointed out to me I suspect this is it. Haven't gone through all the alternative yet, though.

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What

Giant Sea Star Pisaster giganteus

Observer

kueda

Date

May 19, 2007 07:52 AM PDT

Description

I was going to say these are pretty weird pores on an Ochre Star, but now I'm not even sure that's what this was. Diameter about 20 cm, 5 legs, observed at Fitzgerald Marine Reserve, Moss Beach, CA, just south of the San Francisco.

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What

Opalescent Nudibranch Hermissenda crassicornis

Observer

kueda

Date

May 18, 2007 07:35 AM PDT

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What

northern clingfish Gobiesox maeandricus

Observer

kueda

Date

May 18, 2007 08:57 AM PDT

Description

John was telling me about these and literally seconds later I said, "Oh, here's one." Not sure which species this is. My book claims 6 six on this coast, but only shows one.

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