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 CALIFORNIA INVERTEBRATES & ALGAE 

Below is the list of invertebrate species that are monitored as part of REEF's California Invertebrate & Algae Monitoring Program, a companion to the REEF Fish Survey Project in the Pacific Region (California - Alaska).  For more information, visit the Invertebrate Monitoring page.

ARTHROPODS
Brown Rock Crab
-- Cancer antennarius
Coonstripe Shrimp -- Pandalus gurneyi/P. danae
Masking/Sheep Crab -- Loxorhynchus crispatus/L. grandis
Northern Kelp Crab -- Pugettia producta
Red Rock Shrimp -- Lysmata californica
Spiny Lobster -- Panulirus interruptus

BRYOZOANS   
Fluted Bryozoan -- Hippodiplosia insculpta
Lacy Bryozoan -- Phidolopora labiata
Northern Staghorn Bryozoan -- Heteropora pacifica
Southern Staghorn Bryozoan -- Diaperoecia californica

CNIDARIANS   
Anemones      
Strawberry Anemone -- Corynactis californica
Tube-Dwelling Anemone -- Pachycerianthus fimbriatus
White-Spotted Anemone -- Urticina lofotensis
Corals/Gorgonians/Hydrocoral                       
Brown Gorgonian -- Muricea fruticosa
California Golden Gorgonian -- Muricea californica
Orange Cup Coral -- Balanophyllia elegans
Purple Hydrocoral -- Stylaster californicus
Red Gorgonian -- Lophogorgia chilensis

ECHINODERMS                       
Sea Cucumbers     
California Sea Cucumber -- Parastichopus californicus
Warty Sea Cucumber -- Parastichopus parvimensis
Sea Stars        
Bat Star -- Asterina miniata
Giant Spined Star -- Pisaster giganteus
Leather Star -- Dermasterias imbricata
Spiny Brittlestar -- Ophiothrix spiculata
Sunflower Star -- Pycnopodia helianthoides
Sea Urchins/Sand Dollar             
Crowned Urchin -- Centrostephanus coronatus
Eccentric Sand Dollar -- Dendraster excentricus
Purple Urchin -- Strongylocentrotus purpuratus
Red Urchin -- Strongylocentrotus franciscanus
White Urchin -- Lytechinus anamesus

MOLLUSKS     
Nudibranchs and Sea Hares
Opalescent Nudibranch -- Hermissenda crassicornis
Red Sea Hare -- Aplysia californica
San Diego Dorid -- Diaulula sandiegensis
Sea Lemon -- Peltodoris nobilis
Spanish Shawl -- Flabellina iodinea
Octopus          
Red Octopus -- Octopus rubescens
Two-Spot Octopus -- Octopus bimaculatus
Snails             
Chesnut Cowry -- Cypraea spadicea
Giant Keyhole Limpet -- Megathura crenulata
Kellet's Whelk -- Kelletia kelletii
Lewis' Moon Snai -- Euspira lewisii
Red Turban Snail -- Lithopoma gibberosum
Wavy Turban Snail -- Lithopoma undosum
Abalone          
Green Abalone -- Haliotis fulgens
Pink Abalone -- Haliotis corrugata
Red Abalone -- Haliotis rufescens
Other - Scallop and Chiton      
Gumboot Chiton -- Cryptochiton stelleri
Rock Scallop -- Crassedoma giganteum

SPONGES       
Cobalt Sponge -- Hymenamphiastra cyanocrypta
Orange Puffball Sponge -- Tethya aurantia
Red Volcano Sponge -- Acarnus erithacus

TUNICATES     
Club Tunicate (exotic) -- Styela clava
Light-Bulb Tunicate -- Clavelina huntsmani
Stalked Tunicate -- Styela montereyensis

WORMS          
Christmas Tree -- Spirobranchus spinosus
Colonial Sand-Tube Worms -- Phragmatopoma californica
Feather Duster -- Eudistylia polymorpha

SEAWEEDS     
Asian Kelp Wakame (exotic) -- Undaria pinnatifida
Bull Kelp -- Nereocystis luetkeana
Giant Kelp -- Macrocystis integrifolia/M. pyrifera
Northern Sea Palm -- Pterygophora californica
Oarweed  -- Laminaria farlowii
Southern Sea Palm -- Eisenia arborea


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