February's local critters

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Posted by Merry on February 23, 2022 at 13:17:39:

From the Hyperion 1-mile elevated pipe, Torrance Reef and Golf Ball Reef.

Juvenile sheephead, Semicossyphus pulcher

Swell shark egg case, Cephaloscyllium ventriosum

California cone snail, Californicus, californicus

Felimida macfarlandi

Felimida californiensis

Felimida californiensis

Diaulula sandiegensis

Aegires albopunctatus

Doto kya

Doto form A

Peltodoris mullineri

Scrippsia pacifica

Spiny sand star, Astropecten armatus

I'm not totally sure, but this looks like a pale version of the sunburst anemone, Anthopleura sola.

*Calliostoma gloriosum topsnails mating. Quite small. Again, not completely sure of this ID.

Snail eggs - might be Three-winged murex

Blood star, Henricia sp. There may be as many as 10 different blood stars. Someone is working on revising the taxonomy. Even local subjects look slightly different.

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