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#1 Dunadin


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Posted 05 September 2012 - 01:57 PM

I came across a couple invertebrates on the last dive to the oil rig Eureka (off Long Beach, CA) and I can't seem to find a source to ID them. Any pointers are greatly appreciated. Both were at about 50-70ft.

Also does anybody know of a good ID book for "jellies" in the widest sense? Either there are a lot more in the water this year or I am just taking more interest to them lately. Either way, they are pretty cool and I'd like to be able to ID them.

Thanks, Sergio


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#2 Nick Hope

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Posted 05 September 2012 - 06:01 PM

They're not jellyfish, they are pelagic tunicates. The first is a salp, maybe Salpa aspera. The second appears to be a colony of Pyrosoma atlanticum.

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Posted 06 September 2012 - 06:25 AM

There is an excellent book: Pacific Coast Pelagic Invertebrates, by David Wrobel and Claudia Mills.
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Posted 04 June 2013 - 05:36 PM

First one is the pteropod Corolla, not a salp. Nice pic showing the pseudoconch inside.


I second the recommendation of Wrobel and Mills, if you can find a copy...