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Posted by Merry on January 10, 2017 at 14:08:49:

Life on Kelp Blades

Polycera atra and amphipod.
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Polychaete worm with egg mass
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The delicate kelp scallop, Leptopecten latiauratus
Always a treat; one doesn't expect to see colorful scallops on kelp blades.
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Hurray for the return of the perfectly cryptic Corambe pacifica! Phil found this one, as well as the following mating pair.
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Corambe pacifica charactistic egg mass
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Roughpatch shrimp are back, Pandalus stenolepis
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A magnificently-hued scorpionfish.
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I love, and therefore cannot resist, this nudi. Acanthodoris lutea
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Felimida macfarlandi
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Limacia cockerelli. I'm hoping that the ones we see on Kevin's reef will grow larger than these, <10mm.
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Probably <5mm, note the copepod. Cadlina flavomaculata.
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Also probably <5mm, somewhat uncommon, Dendrodoris nigromaculata.
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Minuscule, 2mm, probably a juvenile Cuthona lagunae
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