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Spineless inhabitants on the Redondo Barge


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Posted by Merry on October 04, 2011 at 19:19:14:

Sitting like a rusty plateau above sand and gravel, the barge holds too many treasures to photograph in one dive. But we keep trying.

Phil found this simnia snail on the hull of the barge, not on the red gorgonian where it's usually seen.

Delonovolva aequalis

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What nudibranchs on the barge may lack in numbers, they make up for in variety. Phil and I have seen at least 12 species of nudi there.

What a coincidence that Tritonia festiva lays eggs in the same chevron pattern as occurs on its dorsum. This particular festiva is in the same spot week after week.

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Hermissenda crassicornis laid its eggs near the ones shown above.

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This young Triopha catalina sits next to what may be a juvenile rock scallop, Crassedoma giganteum. It swims at this stage!

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As Phil mentioned in his report, we found two new-to-me nudis on one rock. Bonanza.

The melted-wax appearing Dirona picta.

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The almost transparent Cadlina modesta wouldn't show its gills.

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This month, I could only find one of my favorite, Aegires albopunctatus.

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Doris montereyensis picks up debris on its tubercles.

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Since I sense that Patrick Smith is probably pulling out his hair at this point, I'll finish with this worm, which is not related to nudis.

It didn't like the focus light on my camera, and I haven't been able to find another one since.

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