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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...)


View: Asteroids Ophiuroids Crinoids Echinoids Holothurians

Echinoderms

Asteroids (sea stars)
Goniaster tessellatus from off St. Helena Island, South Carolina close up of oral region of Goniaster tessellatus Lophaster furcifer from Charleston Bump, 2003 Ocean Explorer cruise Luidia alternata (banded sea star) from off Ossbaw Island, Georgia Sea star Luidia alternata feeding on another sea star Astropecten articulatus, offshore Georgia Astropecten articulatus (royal sea star) from off Ossbaw Island, Georgia Mediaster pedicellaris from Charleston Bump, 2003 Ocean Explorer cruise Tamaria halperni from Charleston Bump, 2003 Ocean Explorer cruise Peltaster nidarosiensis (batstar) from  Charlseton Bump, 2003 Ocean Explorer cruise Sea star Tosia parva from Charleston Bump, 2003 Ocean Explorer cruise Narcissia trigonaria , offshore St. Augustine, FL, OE 2004 ETTA cruise Henricia downeyae from Charleston Bump, 2003 Ocean Explorer Cruise Coronaster briarius from Charleston Bump, 2003 Ocean Explorer Cruise Brittle star on the oral side of Astropecten sp., offshore Charleston, SC 6 armed Luidia clathrata (striped sea star)  from off St. Catherine's Sound, Georgia Luidia senegalensis from offshore Florida Echinaster sentus (spiny sea star)  from off North Inlet, Georgetown, South Carolina deep water Tamaria sp.  from offshore Georgia, OE 2004 ETTA cruise

Ophuiroids (basket stars, brittle stars)
Astracme sp., basket star from Charleston Bump, 2003 Ocean Explorer cruise deep water  Astracme mucronata (basket star) from offshore Georgia, OE 2004 ETTA cruise Astrophyton muricatum (basket star) from offshore St. Augustine, FL, OE 2004 ETTA cruise Ophioderma devaneyi from offshore shelf edge, South Carolina (2003 Ocean Explorer Charleston Bump Cruise) Ophioderma sp. from off Charleston, SC Ophiolepis elegans (brittlestar) from offshore Georgia, OE 2004 ETTA cruise Ophiophragmus septus from intertidal Morris Island, SC Ophionereis reticulata (reticulated brittle star) from Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary Ophiuroid (brittlestar) on octocoral, from St. Augustine Scarp, OE 2004 ETTA cruise Ophiothrix lineata off Bull Island, South Carolina deep water juvenile ophiuroid  from offshore Georgia, OE 2004 ETTA cruise Asteroporpa annulata from South Carolina offshore shelf edge, 2003 Ocean Explorer cruise deep water Ophiactis sp. from offshore Georgia, OE 2004 ETTA cruise

Crinoids (feather stars, sea lilies)
Comatulid crinoid Comactinia meridionalis (feather star) from South Carolina offshore shelf edge, 2003 Ocean Explorer cruise Comactinia meridionalis (feather star) from South Carolina offshore shelf edge, 2003 Ocean Explorer cruise Comatilia iridometriformis (crinoid) with brood pouch, from Charleston Bump, 2003 Ocean Explorer cruise cirri and calyx of Pentametrocrinus atlanticus, offshore St. Augustine, FL, OE 2004 ETTA cruise stalked crinoid (Democrinus sp.) colonized by anemones, offshore St. Augustine, FL, OE 2004 ETTA cruise

Echinoids (sea urcins, sand dollars, sea biscuits)
Plagiobrissus grandis (long-spined sea biscuit) from off Charleston Harbor, South Carolina Clypeaster subdepressus (sand dollar), off Bull Island, South Carolina Mellita isometra (sand dollar) from off South Island, South Carolina Encope michelini from  off North Inlet, Georgetown, SC Cidaris sp. from Charleston Bump, 2003 Ocean Explorer cruise deep water Histocidaris sharreri  from offshore Georgia, OE 2004 ETTA cruise Echinus sp. from shelf edge off South Carolina, Ocean Explorer cruise juvenile sea urchin from Charleston Harbor oyster reef
Arbacia punctulata (purple spined sea urchin) from off Charleston, SC Lytechinus variegatus (variegated urchin) from off Georgetown, SC

Holothurians (sea cucumbers)
Aphigymnas bahamensis from 2003 Charleston Bump, Ocean Explorer cruise Pentamera pulcherrima from Folly Beach, SC Ocnus pygmaeus from offshore Charleston, SC Isostichopus badionotus from offshore St. Augustine, FL, OE 2004 ETTA cruise Thyonella pervicax from off Charleston Harbor, SC Holothuria princeps

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