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The shell of a fig snail (Ficus communis) photographed at Gulf Specimen Marine Lab and Aquarium.

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A green velvet finger sponge (Terpios zeteki) photographed at Gulf Specimen Marine Lab and Aquarium.

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A plumed worm (Diopatra cuprea) photographed at Gulf Specimen Marine Lab and Aquarium.
You’re looking at the casing, which the worm inside pastes little bits of algae and marine debris as camouflage.

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A Brazilian aeolid nudibranch (Spurilla braziliana) photographed at Gulf Specimen Marine Lab
and Aquarium.

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A cannonball jellyfish (Stomolophys meleagris) photographed at Gulf Specimen Marine Lab and Aquarium.

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A giant eastern murex (Hexaplex fulvescens) Photographed at Gulf Specimen Marine Lab and Aquarium.

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A plumed worm (Diopara cuprea) at Gulf Specimen Marine Lab and Aquarium.

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A plumed worm (Diopara cuprea) at Gulf Specimen Marine Lab and Aquarium. This creature builds elaborate casings covered in algae and bits of marine debris to serve as camouflage.

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A plumed worm (Diopatra cuprea) photographed at Gulf Specimen Marine Lab and Aquarium.
You’re looking at the casing, which the worm inside pastes little bits of algae and marine debris as camouflage.

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A Brazilian aeolid nudibranch (Spurilla braziliana) photographed at Gulf Specimen Marine Lab and Aquarium.

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A cannonball jellyfish (Stomolophys meleagris) photographed at Gulf Specimen Marine Lab and Aquarium.

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A Jujube top snail (Calliostoma jujubinum) photographed at Gulf Specimen Marine Lab and Aquarium.

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The shell of a fig snail (Ficus communis) photographed at Gulf Specimen Marine Lab and Aquarium.

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A tapered pigtoe mussel (Fusconaia burkei) from the Choctawhatchee River drainage photographed with the USFWS. This animal was collected from Bruce Creek, Walton County, FL.

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A Gulf spike mussel (Elliptio pullata) from the Choctawhatchee River drainage photographed with the USFWS. This animal was collected in Bruce Creek, Walton County, FL.

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Shell of a federally endangered gulf moccasinshell mussel (Medionidus penicillatus) from the Chipola River drainage in Jackson County, FL photographed with the USFWS. This animal was collected from Waddell Creek.

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Shell of a federally endangered gulf moccasinshell mussel (Medionidus penicillatus) from the Chipola River drainage in Jackson County, FL photographed with the USFWS. This animal was collected from Waddell Creek.

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Three federally endangered oval pigtoe mussels, Pleurobema pyriforme, from the Chipola River drainage in Jackson County, FL photographed with the USFWS. These animals were collected from Waddell Creek.

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A federally endangered oval pigtoe mussels, Pleurobema pyriforme, from the Chipola River drainage in Jackson County, FL photographed with the USFWS. This animal was collected from Waddell Creek.

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Four federally endangered oval pigtoe mussels, Pleurobema pyriforme, from the Chipola River drainage in Jackson County, FL photographed with the USFWS. These animals were collected from Waddell Creek.

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An endangered shinyrayed pocketbook mussel (Hamiota subangulata) from the Chipola River drainage in Jackson County, FL photographed with the USFWS. This animal was collected from Waddell Creek.

This mussel releases a packet of larvae that looks just like a swimming minnow as a lure—when a larger fish bites the packet, the larval mussels hitch onto the gills of the fish and hang on for several weeks, allowing the fish to transport the babies upstream.

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An endangered shinyrayed pocketbook mussel (Hamiota subangulata) from the Chipola River drainage in Jackson County, FL photographed with the USFWS. This animal was collected from Waddell Creek.

This mussel releases a packet of larvae that looks just like a swimming minnow as a lure—when a larger fish bites the packet, the larval mussels hitch onto the gills of the fish and hang on for several weeks, allowing the fish to transport the babies upstream.

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An iridescent lilliput mussel (Toxolasma paulum) from the Chipola River drainage in Jackson County, FL photographed with the USFWS. This animal was collected from Baker Creek.

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Two iridescent lilliput mussel (Toxolasma paulum) from the Chipola River drainage in Jackson County, FL photographed with the USFWS. These animals were collected from Baker Creek.

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A rayed creekshell mussel (Anodontoides radiatus) from the Chipola River drainage in Jackson County, FL photographed with the USFWS. This animal was collected from Baker Creek.

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A rayed creekshell mussel (Anodontoides radiatus) from the Chipola River drainage in Jackson County, FL photographed with the USFWS. This animal was collected from Baker Creek.

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A flatwoods creekshell mussel (Strophitus williamsi) from the Choctawhatchee River drainage photographed with the USFWS. This animal was collected from Bruce Creek, Walton County, FL.

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A flatwoods creekshell mussel (Strophitus williamsi) from the Choctawhatchee River drainage photographed with the USFWS. This animal was collected from Bruce Creek, Walton County, FL.

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A southern sandshell (Hamiota australis) from the Choctawhatchee River drainage photographed with the USFWS. This animal was collected from Bruce Creek, Walton County, FL.

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Four southern sandshell (Hamiota australis) from the Choctawhatchee River drainage photographed with the USFWS. These animals were collected from Bruce Creek, Walton County, FL.

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A southern sandshell (Hamiota australis) from the Choctawhatchee River drainage photographed with the USFWS. This animal was collected from Bruce Creek, Walton County, FL.

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Four southern sandshell (Hamiota australis) from the Choctawhatchee River drainage photographed with the USFWS. These animals were collected from Bruce Creek, Walton County, FL.

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An endangered Choctaw bean mussels (Obovaria choctawensis) from the Choctawhatchee River drainage photographed with the USFWS. This animal was collected from Bruce Creek, Walton County, FL.

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Three endangered Choctaw bean mussels (Obovaria choctawensis) from the Choctawhatchee River drainage photographed with the USFWS. These animals were collected from Bruce Creek, Walton County, FL.

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Two endangered Choctaw bean mussels (Obovaria choctawensis) from the Choctawhatchee River drainage photographed with the USFWS. These animals were collected from Bruce Creek, Walton County, FL.
These individuals are marked for study.

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A tapered pigtoe mussel (Fusconaia burkei) from the Choctawhatchee River drainage photographed with the USFWS. This animal was collected from Bruce Creek, Walton County, FL.

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