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Below are images of collected fauna from the South Atlantic Bight. Roll mouse over image for caption and click on image for larger view (images may take a moment to load....)

Cnidarians (corals, anemones, jellyfish)

Hydrozoa (lace corals, siphonophores, hydroids)
Porpita porpita (blue button) from Charleston Bump neuston, 2003 Ocean Explorer cruise (photo by Jerry McLelland) Crypthelia floridana, a stylasteriid hyrdocoral (lace coral) from  offshore Georgia, OE 2004 ETTA cruise Nemopsis bachei  (hydrozoan) from intertidal creek, Sullivan's Island, SC Physalia physalis (Portuguese Man o'War), coastal Charleston, SC Nematocysts (stinging cells) of Portuguese Man o' War (Physalia physalis, 100x), coastal Charleston, SCCubaia aphrodite (hydromedusae) from Charleston, SC

Cubozoa (box jellies)

Chiropsalmus quadrumanus from Inlet Creek, Isle of Palms, SC Chiropsalmus quadrumanus (four - handed boxjelly) from Charleston, SC Tamoya haplonema (glassy boxjelly) from Charleston, SC

Scyphozoa (jellyfish)

Stomolophus meleagris (cannonball jelly) from Inlet Creek, Isle of Palms, SC Sea nettle (Chrysaora quinquecirrha) with attached shrimp from Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary a small moon jelly, Aurelia sp. from the SC Aquarium Stomolophus meleagris (cannonball jellyfish) with attached Libinia sp.(spider crab) from Charleston Harbor

Anthozoans (corals, anemones, zooanthids)

Antipatharia (black corals)
polyps of deep water Leiopathes sp. (black coral) from offshore Georgia, OE 2004 ETTA cruise Bathypathes alternata, a deep water antipatharian (black coral) from offshore Georgia, OE 2004 ETTA cruise Stichopathes sp. (black coral) from St. Augustine Scarp, OE 2004 ETTA cruise Chrysopathes sp. (black coral) from offshore St. Augustine, FL, OE 2004 ETTA cruise SEM image of spines of Chrysopathes n. sp., (black coral) from offshore St. Augustine, FL, OE 2004 ETTA cruise (courtesy Dennis Opresko, ORNL)

Zooantharia (zooanthids)
sponge/colonial zooanthid association, Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary (in situ) sponge/colonial zooanthid association, Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary sponge/colonial zooanthid association, off Sapelo Island, GA colonial zooanthids from Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary

Actinaria (anemones)
Solitary anemone from Charleston Bump, 2003 Ocean Explorer cruise Calliactis tricolor (tricolor anemone) on hermit crab shell, offshore Charleston, SC Anthopleura carneola (armored anemone) from offshore Savannah, GA Colonial anemone overgrowing black coral, Charleston Bump, 2003 Ocean Explorer cruise Nematostella vectensis (anemone) from saltmarsh near Baruch Field Station, SC tube anemone from Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary anemone (Bunodosoma cavernata) from Folly River, SC deep-water anemone Bolocera tuediae from offshore Georgia

Scleractinia (stony corals)
Astrangia poculata (coral) from coastal Charleston, South Carolina deep water scleractinian coral Lophelia prolifera from Popenoe's Coral Mounds, offshore Georgia, OE 2004 ETTA cruise deep water solitary coral from offshore Georgia, OE 2004 ETTA cruise Paracyathus pulchellus (papillose cup coral) from offshore St. Augustine, FL, OE 2004 ETTA cruise Phyllangia americana (hidden cup coral) from Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary

Octocorallia (soft corals)
Scleranthelia rugosa var. rugosa (USNM 94530) from  off Charleston, SC Telesto fruticulosa(octocoral) from coastal Charleston, South Carolina polyp of Telesto fruticulosa from offshore Savannah, GA, showing spicules deep water Pseudodrifa nigra (soft coral) from offshore Georgia, OE 2004 ETTA cruise Nidalia occidentalis (octocoral) from  St. Augustine Scarp, OE 2004 ETTA cruise Diodogorgia nodulifera (colorful sea rod) from off Sapelo Island, GA Iciligorgia schrammi (deep water sea fan), from off Sapelo Island, GA Titanideum frauenfeldii from Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary, showing polyps Leptogorgia virgulata (sea whip) polyps Leptogorgia virgulata (sea whip) polyps Leptogorgia hebes (sea fan) from offshore Charleston, SC Leptogorgia hebes (regal sea fan) from off Hilton Head, SC deep water Keratoisis sp. (bamboo coral) from offshore Georgia, OE 2004 ETTA cruise deep water Acanthogorgia aspera colony from offshore St. Augustine, FL, OE 2004 ETTA cruise armored polyp of deep water Acanthogorgia aspera colony from offshore St. Augustine, FL, OE 2004 ETTA cruise Sclerites of Bebryce parastellata (SEM image by Stephen cairns/Smithsonian Institution) Thesea nivea (white eye sea spray) from off Charleston, SC Ophiuroid (brittlestar) on octocoral Muricea pendula, from St. Augustine Scarp, OE 2004 ETTA cruise expanded polyps of Muricea pendula (octocoral) from St. Augustine Scarp, OE 2004 ETTA cruise Bebryce grandis from offshore South Carolina shelf edge, 2003 Ocean Explorer cruise (photo by Jerry McLelland) Octocoral from Charleston Bump, 2003 Ocean Explorer Cruise Primnoid octocoral (Plumarella sp.) from Charleston Bump, 2003 Ocean Explorer Cruise Renilla sp. (sea pansy) (photo by Pearse Webster) Close up of Renilla polyps sclerites from Renilla stalk dorsal and ventral views of Virgularia presbytes, an octocoral from off Edisto Island, SC

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Unless otherwise indicated in caption, photographs were taken by SERTC staff (Susan Thornton-DeVictor, David Knott, Rachael King).