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What

Allen's Chipmunk Tamias senex

Observer

rjadams55

Date

June 20, 2014

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Brush Rabbit Sylvilagus bachmani

Observer

rjadams55

Date

June 20, 2014

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Observer

finatic

Date

February 14, 2015 07:30 PM PST

Description

Humboldt County, California, US

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What

Harbor Seal Phoca vitulina

Observer

shaunmichael

Date

March 30, 2002 04:48 AM CST

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What

Colorado Stonecrop Sedum spathulifolium

Observer

rjadams55

Date

February 19, 2012

Description

These stonecrops were on a oceanfront basalt bluff less than 50 feet above the high tide mark.

They were found on the trail to down to the Mussel Rocks.

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What

Northern Clingfish Gobiesox maeandricus

Observer

rjadams55

Date

February 19, 2012

Description

This Northern Clingfish had locked itself between the arms of an Ochre Starfish (Pisaster ochraceus). They use their pelvic fins to create a strong suction action that holds them fast to rocks, even in rushing water.

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What

Penpoint Gunnel Apodichthys flavidus

Observer

rjadams55

Date

February 19, 2012

Description

Several of these fish were seen under rocks and seaweed in the tidepools at low tide.

This eel-like gunnel was identified by it's fairly large pectoral fin (on the other gunnels, this fin is tiny to nonexistent), overall color, and habitat. This species comes in an array of colors, from green to brown and is especially common in tidepools. Unfortunately, the diagnostic dark bar below the fish's eyes isn't visible in any of the photos.

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Observer

rjadams55

Date

February 19, 2012

Description

These shrimp were fairly common in the seaweed covered rocks in the mid to low intertidal.

There are 10 species of broken-back shrimp along the northern California coast and most are highly variable in their color, often requiring a close examination of their carapace ornamentation to make a positive identification.

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Observer

rjadams55

Date

February 19, 2012

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What

Flattop Crab Petrolisthes eriomerus

Observer

rjadams55

Date

February 19, 2012

Description

These small porcelain crabs were quite common under rocks in the mid-intertidal.

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What

Moonglow Anemone Anthopleura artemisia

Observer

rjadams55

Date

February 19, 2012

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Observer

rjadams55

Date

February 19, 2012

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Pacific blood star Henricia leviuscula

Observer

rjadams55

Date

February 19, 2012

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Leather Star Dermasterias imbricata

Observer

rjadams55

Date

February 19, 2012

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What

Ochre Sea Star Pisaster ochraceus

Observer

rjadams55

Date

February 19, 2012

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What

Sunflower Sea Star Pycnopodia helianthoides

Observer

rjadams55

Date

February 19, 2012

Description

This Sunflower Star was over a foot across and unlike many seastars, this one's skin feels very soft, like oiled velvet.

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What

Giant Green Anemone Anthopleura xanthogrammica

Observer

rjadams55

Date

February 19, 2012

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What

California Mussel Mytilus californianus

Observer

rjadams55

Date

February 19, 2012

Description

This mussel ball was over a yard across.

These photos were identified as M. californianus by the irregular radial ribs that cross the shells. This distinguishes them from other, very similar members of their genus along the Northern California coast.

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What

Christmas Anemone Urticina crassicornis

Observer

rjadams55

Date

February 19, 2012

Description

This individual was found beneath a rocky ledge in the tidepools soon after the water receded.

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What

Woody Chiton Mopalia lignosa

Observer

rjadams55

Date

February 19, 2012

Description

This is one of 17 species of Mopalia found along the coast of central and northern California. Luckily the resolution in this photo was clear enough that the thick, recurved, non-bristled setae around its mantel are clearly visible, helping identify this species. It was found under a rock in the Patrick's Point tidepools.

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What

Cooper's Chiton Lepidozona cooperi

Observer

rjadams55

Date

February 19, 2012

Description

This Cooper's Chiton was found under a rock in a protected, sand-bottomed patch of tidepool. This species is known from northern Washington to southern California.

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What

Gumboot Chiton Cryptochiton stelleri

Observer

rjadams55

Date

February 19, 2012

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What

Shield Limpet Lottia pelta

Observer

rjadams55

Date

February 19, 2012

Description

This heavily eroded shield limpet was at least 1 1/2" long and is a decent example of the thick-ribbed "rock form" of this species. Other "forms" of shield limpet are known that live on mussel beds and kelp stems.

It was found fairly high in the intertidal on the side of a large boulder.

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What

Colorful Dirona Dirona picta

Observer

rjadams55

Date

February 19, 2012

Description

Several of these nudibranchs were found in the tidepools of Patrick's Point State Park.

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What

Sunflower Sea Star Pycnopodia helianthoides

Observer

lemurdillo

Date

March 22, 2015 07:14 AM PDT

Description

juvenile

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What

Ochre Sea Star Pisaster ochraceus

Observer

lemurdillo

Date

March 22, 2015 07:01 AM PDT

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What

Turkey Vulture Cathartes aura

Observer

asemerdj

Date

May 25, 2015

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What

Common Raven Corvus corax

Observer

asemerdj

Date

May 25, 2015

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What

Black Oystercatcher Haematopus bachmani

Observer

asemerdj

Date

May 25, 2015

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What

Ochre Sea Star Pisaster ochraceus

Observer

larrynichols

Date

May 17, 2015

Description

Great to see so many, apparently healthy, Ochre Stars. The area was devastated last year by Sea Star Wasting Disorder. Leather Stars and Blood Stars were also in abundance and looking healthy