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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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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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A Florida wormshell (Vermicularia knorrii) at Gulf Specimen in Panacea, Florida.

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A Florida wormshell (Vermicularia knorrii) at Gulf Specimen in Panacea, Florida.

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A pen shell (Atrina rigida) Gulf Specimen in Panacea, Florida.

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A pen shell (Atrina rigida) Gulf Specimen in Panacea, Florida.

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A horseshoe crab flatworm (Bdelloura candida) at Gulf Specimen in Panacea, Florida.

This worm lives only on horseshoe crabs.

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A unidentified brittle star (Ophiophragmus sp.) Gulf Specimen in Panacea, Florida.

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An unidentified brittle star (Ophiophragmus sp.) Gulf Specimen in Panacea, Florida.

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An eggshell urn crab (Pitho laevigata) Gulf Specimen in Panacea, Florida.

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An eggshell urn crab (Pitho laevigata) Gulf Specimen in Panacea, Florida.

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A zebra flatworm (Stylochus zebra) at Gulf Specimen in Panacea, Florida.

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A zebra flatworm (Stylochus zebra) at Gulf Specimen in Panacea, Florida.

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Pink and purple striped barnacles (Balanus amphitrite) with sea mat (Biflustra tenius) in the middle at Gulf Specimen in Panacea, Florida.

Also crawling on it are lunar dove snails (Astyris lunata).

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Pink and purple striped barnacles (Balanus amphitrite) with sea mat (Biflustra tenius) in the middle at Gulf Specimen in Panacea, Florida.

Lunar dove snails (Astyris lunata) are also present on these barnacles.

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A hairy crab (Pilumnus sayi) at Gulf Specimen in Panacea, Florida.

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A hairy crab (Pilumnus sayi) at Gulf Specimen in Panacea, Florida.

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A lettuce bryozoan (Thalamoporella gothica floridana) at Gulf Specimen in Panacea, Florida.

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A lettuce bryozoan (Thalamoporella gothica floridana) at Gulf Specimen in Panacea, Florida.

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