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What

Human Homo sapiens

Observer

kueda

Date

August 3, 2009 01:17 PM WEST

Description

Excellent spot for them.

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What

checker lily Fritillaria affinis

Observer

kueda

Date

June 20, 2009 04:55 PM PDT

Description

These are what Mission Bells look like when they've gone to seed! Saw so many crazy seed pods today.

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What

Strawberry Anemone Corynactis californica

Observer

kueda

Date

June 14, 2009 02:13 PM PDT

Description

One of several species in this photo.

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Observer

kueda

Date

October 25, 2009 08:17 PM PDT

Description

This is a beetle larva known as a "railroad worm" (genus Zarhipis). It preys on millipedes, eating a whole behind the head and crawling inside as it eats the rest. Charming!

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What

Spiders Order Araneae

Observer

kueda

Date

May 10, 2009 02:16 PM PDT

Description

This is the trap door of a spider, but I don't know what kind. I was kind of operating under the vague impression that some cyrtaucheniids made doors like this, but apparently they're not alone.

I was pretty happy about finding this. I am constantly looking for trapdoors on mossy embankments and I've only ever actually found one (also in Las Trampas, but up on the ridge). This time I saw a nearby structure that looked like a very low turret with what looked like the remains of a door, so I looked around nearby and found this.

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Observer

kueda

Date

June 14, 2009 10:52 AM PDT

Description

You don't have to put on a silly suit, breath through a tube, and fall through 100 ft of water to see scenes like this, and yet I did!

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What

king bolete Boletus edulis

Observer

kueda

Date

November 22, 2009 11:37 AM PST

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What

Yellow tang Zebrasoma flavescens

Observer

kueda

Date

July 17, 2009 03:06 PM PDT

Description

When we were pulling our kayak up among the rocks, I saw all these yellow patches under the water that I thought were dead leaves. Turned out they were fish.

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What

Crocodile Needlefish Tylosurus crocodilus

Observer

kueda

Date

July 17, 2009 03:11 PM PDT

Description

These Crocodile Needlefish were hovering at the surface. Way less skittish and a bit more creepy than their smaller cousins the keeltail needlefish.

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What

Black triggerfish Melichthys niger

Observer

kueda

Date

July 17, 2009 02:50 PM PDT

Description

Apparently these feed on plankton and algae, which would explain why they were schooling way above the reef.

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What

Peacock grouper Cephalopholis argus

Observer

kueda

Date

July 17, 2009 02:51 PM PDT

Description

These are supposed to be a little greener, so either this was a particularly dark individual or I got the white balance wrong.

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What

Bigeye Emperor Monotaxis grandoculis

Observer

kueda

Date

July 17, 2009 02:50 PM PDT

Description

Mostly sure about the ID here. It was definitely quietly hovering as described in the book.

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What

Whitemouth Moray Gymnothorax meleagris

Observer

kueda

Date

July 17, 2009 03:07 PM HST

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What

California fan palm Washingtonia filifera

Observer

kueda

Date

March 7, 2009 11:19 AM PST

Description

Apparently the largest stand in the park. I don't know who lost them.

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What

Lewis' monkeyflower Mimulus lewisii

Observer

kueda

Date

July 4, 2009 10:44 AM PDT

Description

Thanks to naomi_bot on Flickr for the ID help.

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What

Genus Tylobolus Genus Tylobolus

Observer

kueda

Date

October 25, 2009 07:55 PM PDT

Description

Narceus, I presume?

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What

Threadfin butterflyfish Chaetodon auriga

Observer

kueda

Date

July 17, 2009 03:06 PM HST

Description

Faceplant!

Photos / Sounds

Observer

kueda

Date

November 4, 2009 05:08 PM PST

Description

About 1 cm long, observed at Scott Creek State Beach near Santa Cruz, CA, in the rock intertidal.

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What

Common Loon Gavia immer

Observer

kueda

Date

December 30, 2009 04:13 PM EST

Description

There are Common and Red-throated Loons wintering at Hamo. I also seem to be able to tell the Commons apart by the absurdly thick necks.

Photos / Sounds

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Observer

kueda

Date

December 30, 2009 03:17 PM EST

Description

This hydroid was growing very abundantly along the stems of some algae in the rocky areas. I got a book on inverts of the sound, so we'll see if I can make any progress with this...

Well, the book I have (Weiss, Marine Animals of Southern New England and New York), doesn't go into much detail on the sertulariids, so I guess I'm stuck at the family level before I can get a more detailed reference.

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What

Common Jingle Anomia simplex

Observer

kueda

Date

December 30, 2009 02:47 PM EST

Description

These are somewhat common in the wrack, not sure I've ever actually noticed a live one before. I believe this is Anomia simplex, the Common Jingle.

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No photos or sounds

What

Cooper's Hawk Accipiter cooperii

Observer

kueda

Date

December 31, 2009 03:51 PM EST

Description

Cooper's Hawk in the beech tree in our backyard! I think that's another new backyard bird for me.

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What

Isopods Order Isopoda

Observer

kueda

Date

December 25, 2009

Description

There were a couple of these little isopods on the sand at the northern end of the beach. No idea what they are.

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No photos or sounds

What

Herring Gull Larus argentatus

Observer

kueda

Date

December 25, 2009

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No photos or sounds

What

Horned Grebe Podiceps auritus

Observer

kueda

Date

December 25, 2009

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No photos or sounds

What

Red-throated Loon Gavia stellata

Observer

kueda

Date

December 25, 2009

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No photos or sounds

What

Common Loon Gavia immer

Observer

kueda

Date

December 25, 2009

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No photos or sounds

What

Sanderling Calidris alba

Observer

kueda

Date

December 25, 2009

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No photos or sounds

What

Ruddy Turnstone Arenaria interpres

Observer

kueda

Date

December 25, 2009

Photos / Sounds

No photos or sounds

What

Great Blue Heron Ardea herodias

Observer

kueda

Date

December 25, 2009
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