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A sandy sea squirt (Molgula occidentalis) at Gulf Specimen in Panacea, Florida.

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A sandy sea squirt (Molgula occidentalis) at Gulf Specimen in Panacea, Florida.

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A green finger sponge (Suberites aurantiacus) at Gulf Specimen in Panacea, Florida.

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A green finger sponge (Suberites aurantiacus) at Gulf Specimen in Panacea, Florida.

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A boring sponge (Cliona celata) at Gulf Specimen in Panacea, Florida.

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A boring sponge (Cliona celata) at Gulf Specimen in Panacea, Florida.

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A red rock sponge (Lissodendoryx sigmata) at Gulf Specimen in Panacea, Florida.

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A red rock sponge (Lissodendoryx sigmata) at Gulf Specimen in Panacea, Florida.

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A yellow finger sponge (Haliclonia viridis) at Gulf Specimen in Panacea, Florida.

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A yellow finger sponge (Haliclonia viridis) at Gulf Specimen in Panacea, Florida.

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A sea pork (Aplidium stellatum) at Gulf Specimen in Panacea, Florida.

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A sea pork (Aplidium stellatum) at Gulf Specimen in Panacea, Florida.

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A crumb of bread sponge (Halichondria corrugata) at Gulf Specimen in Panacea, Florida.

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A crumb of bread sponge (Halichondria corrugata) at Gulf Specimen in Panacea, Florida.

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A golden star tunicate, in gray color form (Botryllus schlosseri) at Gulf Specimen in Panacea, Florida.

It is encrusted on pieces of turtle grass, (Thalassia testudinum).

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A golden star tunicate, in gray color form (Botryllus schlosseri) at Gulf Specimen in Panacea, Florida.

It is encrusted on pieces of turtle grass, (Thalassia testudinum).

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A golden star tunicate, in gray color form (Botryllus schlosseri) at Gulf Specimen in Panacea, Florida.

It is encrusted on pieces of turtle grass, (Thalassia testudinum).

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A golden star tunicate (Botryllus schlosseri) at Gulf Specimen in Panacea, Florida.

It is encrusted on pieces of turtle grass, (Thalassia testudinum).

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A leathery sea squirt (Styela plicata) at Gulf Specimen in Panacea, Florida.

Attached to it are the two purple arms of a sea whip (Leptogorgia virgulata).

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A leathery sea squirt (Styela plicata) at Gulf Specimen in Panacea, Florida.

Attached to it are the two purple arms of a sea whip (Leptogorgia virgulata).

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A grassflat mud crab (Dysanopeus texanus) at Gulf Specimen in Panacea, Florida.

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A grassflat mud crab (Dysanopeus texanus) at Gulf Specimen in Panacea, Florida.

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A ivory tusk shell (Graptacme eborea) at Gulf Specimen in Panacea, Florida.

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A ivory tusk shell (Graptacme eborea) with unidentified polychaete worm at Gulf Specimen in Panacea, Florida.

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A green porcelain crab (Petrolisthes armatus) at Gulf Specimen in Panacea, Florida.

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A green porcelain crab (Petrolisthes armatus) at Gulf Specimen in Panacea, Florida.

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A mangrove tunicate (Ecteinascidia turbinata) at Gulf Specimen in Panacea, Florida.

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A mangrove tunicate (Ecteinascidia turbinata) at Gulf Specimen in Panacea, Florida.

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A fouling anemone (Aiptasiomorpha texaensis) at Gulf Specimen in Panacea, Florida.

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A fouling anemone (Aiptasiomorpha texaensis) at Gulf Specimen in Panacea, Florida.

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A group of sea grapes (Molgula manhattensis) at Gulf Specimen in Panacea, Florida.

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A group of sea grapes (Molgula manhattensis) at Gulf Specimen in Panacea, Florida.

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A group of sea grapes (Perophora viridis) on a colonial animal called a pink hydroid (Eudendrium carneum) at Gulf Specimen in Panacea, Florida.

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A pink hydroid (Eudendrium carneum) at Gulf Specimen in Panacea, Florida.

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A pink hydroid (Eudendrium carneum) at Gulf Specimen in Panacea, Florida.

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Several species of invertebrates cling to a bougainvillea hydroid stem at Gulf Specimen in Panacea, Florida.

The orange piece at bottom is a staghorn bryozoan (Schizoporella unicornis.)

The gray fleshy material second from bottom is a cluster of clear sea squirt (Clavelina picta).

The yellow round objects are banded tulip snail eggs (Fasciolaria hunteria).

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