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kueda

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July 4, 2008 07:40 AM PDT

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"Jeez, I should have shot this on a black BG." This is what happens when you take photos while trying not to focus on taking photos.

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broad-leaved everlasting-pea Lathyrus latifolius

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kueda

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June 22, 2008 05:53 PM PDT

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Merten's Chiton Lepidozona mertensii

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kueda

Date

July 5, 2008 06:05 AM PDT

Description

L. mertensii, I think, but I should confirm.

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Merten's Chiton Lepidozona mertensii

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kueda

Date

January 20, 2008 10:24 PM PST

Description

About 4 cm long. Observed in Seattle, WA.

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Bat Star Patiria miniata

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kueda

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September 20, 2008 11:52 AM PDT

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Giant Sea Star Pisaster giganteus

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September 20, 2008 11:52 AM PDT

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knobbed whelk Busycon carica

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kueda

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December 26, 2008 03:12 PM EST

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kueda

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January 27, 2008 12:10 PM PST

Description

These seem to match Aurora's description of Chroomgomphus tomentosus almost exactly . . . except they were growing right under oak (adjacent to redwoods), and in MD he says this species "does not seem to occur in our area." So what could these be?

Each cap here is about 6-7 cm across. Observed in Berkeley, CA.

Update: sent this one to the MSSF list, and received a resounding cry of Camarophyllus pratensis, which looks a lot like the Wooly Pine Spike, but grows under oak, lives in the Bay Area, and has light spores. Perhaps it's time for me to start taking spore prints, and actually keying out my mushrooms...

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Jeweled Top Snail Calliostoma annulatum

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kueda

Date

October 18, 2008 10:19 AM PDT

Description

Not thrilled about this photo, but I thought it was cool that these snails have colorful bodies to match their shells.

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Philippine ground orchid Spathoglottis plicata

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kueda

Date

May 24, 2008 11:40 AM HST

Description

There were a bunch of these growing along the Na Pali trail (north coast of Kauai). Flowers stood about 40 cm tall, each about 6 cm wide.

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Fireweed Chamerion angustifolium

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kueda

Date

July 20, 2008 01:44 PM PDT

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Growing at a lookout. No obvious sign of fire, but I'm sure that's not a requirement.

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kueda

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July 19, 2008 03:36 PM PDT

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This is an oddity. I remember seeing these on my mom's compost pile when I was growing up, and I sort of assumed they were the larvae of fireflies. But now that I actually look closer, they look a lot more like adult rove beetles. Hmm....

Update: Ok, paging through BugGuide has me thinking this is Ontholestes. BugGuide only lists O. cingulatus, but Nomina Insecta Nearctica also lists O. murinus and O. capitatus. If O. murinus looks like this, then I think we can scratch it. And if O. capitatus is an outdated synonym for Staphylinus (Dinothenarus) captiatus (as this paper would suggest) and it looks like this, then maybe I should just go ahead and call this Ontholestes cingulatus.

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White-spotted Sea Goddess Doriopsilla albopunctata

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kueda

Date

June 23, 2008 12:12 PM PDT

Description

New to me a week ago, now become commonplace. Still, a beautiful slug.

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orange puffball sponge Tethya californiana

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kueda

Date

June 23, 2008 03:40 PM PDT

Description

I don't know what it is (yet), but I love it.

Update: I do now: Tethya californiana, the orange puffball sponge, apparently common sub-tidally 'round these parts.

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Great Blue Heron Ardea herodias

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kueda

Date

June 23, 2008 03:17 PM PDT

Description

This Great Blue Heron was camped out on top of the same patch of kelp the entire time. I sort of had visions of surfacing only to have my skull impaled by this thing's beak. Thoughts like this are not conducive to efficient air usage.

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White-spotted Sea Goddess Doriopsilla albopunctata

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kueda

Date

June 23, 2008 03:50 PM PDT

Description

More mating.

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fish-eating anemone Urticina piscivora

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kueda

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June 23, 2008 03:36 PM PDT

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Western Spiny Brittle Star Ophiothrix spiculata

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kueda

Date

June 23, 2008 03:48 PM PDT

Description

Some holdfasts had tons of brittle stars.

I'm guessing these are probably Ophiothrix spiculata, mostly based on the length of the arm spines and just looking at other pics I found. Can anyone confirm? I'm guess each arm was no more than 5 mm in diameter. Observed on a kelp holdfast at a depth of about 40 ft, in Whaler's Cove, Pt Lobos State Reserve, Carmel, CA.

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White-spotted Rose Anemone Urticina lofotensis

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kueda

Date

June 23, 2008 03:41 PM PDT

Description

I think this was actually on the sign by the parking lot, but I've forgotten it. Will look up later. Also note the crab, again, of unknown species. Reminded me of the coral guard crabs in Hawaii. Wonder if there's a similar relationship at play here.

Update many years later: might this be Urticina crassicornis?

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Sponges Phylum Porifera

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kueda

Date

June 23, 2008 12:04 PM PDT

Description

Lacking the kind of biological blitzkrieg of my last dive, I focused instead on some of the demure but beaituful sponges. I'm afraid these photos are going to be more naturalist than artist. Apologies for the photo dump.

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Sponges Phylum Porifera

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kueda

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June 23, 2008 12:05 PM PDT

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giant California sea cucumber Parastichopus californicus

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kueda

Date

June 23, 2008 03:34 PM PDT

Description

California Sea Cucumber, becoming a familiar friend.

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kueda

Date

March 8, 2008 12:42 PM PST

Description

Gah, flash! Just wanted to look it up. Later...

Many thanks to Kojun Kanda on BugGuide for ID help: http://bugguide.net/node/view/624195

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Abert's Squirrel Sciurus aberti

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kueda

Date

October 2, 2008 09:14 AM PDT

Description

Squirrels around Flagstaff have big ears and white puffy tails. Thanks for the reminder and the ID, Anita!

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Golden-mantled Ground Squirrel Callospermophilus lateralis

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kueda

Date

October 2, 2008 09:27 AM PDT

Description

or ground squirrel? By the entrance of Lava River Cave.

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September 20, 2008 04:18 PM PDT

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This is sort of like the cover of a particularly uncreative prayer book, but surfacing to a sight like this at the end of two great dives was sheer pleasure. Pictures can be pure text. Reality, thankfully, cannot.

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Hooked Slippersnail Crepidula adunca

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kueda

Date

September 20, 2008 12:08 PM PDT

Description

Hooked slipper snails attached to Ida's mitre.

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Strawberry Anemone Corynactis californica

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kueda

Date

September 20, 2008 11:52 AM PDT

Description

Our seas here in California are replete with color.

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Spiders Order Araneae

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kueda

Date

March 15, 2008 05:07 PM PDT

Description

Continuing my ongoing series tentatively titled "Awful Pictures of Holes in the Ground," here's a trapdoor spider's trapdoor! Ok, I had a better picture of the door itself, but if you look closely here, I think you'll see a leg! Sadly, I hadn't noticed the leg when I took the picture. I was a little too busy congratulating myself on actually finding the damn door, which was only about 5 mm in diameter and looking pretty much identical to the rest of the mossy embankment it was in.

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Zebra Blenny Istiblennius zebra

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kueda

Date

May 21, 2008 09:27 AM HST

Description

I'm pretty sure this is Istiblennius zebra, given the crest and two head tentacles. If so, this is a Hawaii endemic, which is kind of amazing because they are EVERYWHERE in the tidepools running for cover at your approach, often jumping straight out of the pool into an adjacent pool.

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