Invertebrate Archives

Cushion Sea Star
Stuart Wynne 21st December 2020 No Comments

The Cushion Sea Star (Oreaster reticulatus) is one of the largest Caribbean Starfish (to use the old name, as Sea Star is now the accepted variant!), but it is also very interesting to see the genetic variants that …

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Rose Lace Coral
Stuart Wynne 9th October 2020 1 Comment

As I have said in some of my past gallery posts, the detail on the underwater world that can be seen if one looks close enough never ceases to amaze. Rose Lace Coral (Stylaster roseus) is one …

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Sun Anemone
Stuart Wynne 3rd February 2020 No Comments

The Sun Anemone (Stichodactyla helianthus) is a little different from most other anemones as it has really short stubby tentacles, and can grow together in what might almost be classed as colonies, forming large mats that can cover …

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Solitary Disc Coral
Stuart Wynne 5th November 2019 1 Comment

The Solitary Disc Coral (Scolymia wellsi) differs from the majority of other stony corals as it does not form colonies of polyps, instead living an independent existence, free from all the ties of colony life. In terms of …

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Pillar Coral
Stuart Wynne 21st October 2019 No Comments

Responsible for probably one of the most impressive coral formations you are likely to see while diving, Pillar Coral (Dendrogyra cylindrus), as its common name suggests, can from impressive pillars if given time and the right conditions. Pretty …

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Three-Rowed Sea Cucumber
Stuart Wynne 8th April 2019 No Comments

Oddly enough, sea cucumbers are close relatives of the sea urchins, belonging to same Phylum (Echinoderms), all members of which share some interesting features, including a hard internal skeleton composed of calcareous plates called ossicles, and five way …

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Flamingo Tongue
Stuart Wynne 16th January 2019 No Comments

One of the most ornate Caribbean gastropods, the Flamingo Tongue (Cyphoma gibbosum) is also one of the most vicious. It creeps around the reef environment, and consumes corals, favouring sea fans and sea rods. Slithering up its structure, …

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Christmas Tree Worm
Stuart Wynne 25th December 2017 No Comments

In an attempt to add some Christmas cheer to todays blog post, the featured image is of a Christmas Tree Worm (Spirobranchus giganteus) peering out from its burrow in a rock close to Pelican Point, Crocus Bay Anguilla. …

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Upsidedown Jellyfish
Stuart Wynne 19th December 2017 No Comments

The Upsidedown Jellyfish (Cassiopea frondosa) is a curious member of the jellyfish class (Scyphozoa), spending most of its life living upsidedown, gently pulsating its body to keep itself in contact with the sea bed. There, they lap up …

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