The Annelids and the Horde

Headed to Pillar Point on Saturday with plans to meet up with some friends of friends, but I got their early to check out the docks. The docks were a blast, with an overwhelming array of weird creatures (still not slugs that I could spot, though; was kind of hoping for Eubranchus, Catriona, or Elysia). In particular we found some neat polychaete worms, including the dorvilleid I observed the last time I was there, and what I think was something in the family Phyllodocidae. The latter was living in this possibly mucosal tube attached to some algae, and when I coaxed it out, it had the most incredible head, with huge tentacle like protrusions. An insane animal. I also saw this clump of purple-plumed sabellid worms that I think was Myxicola infundibulum. Quite beautiful, if a little mysterious.

Lots of the usual giant barnacles and skeleton shrimp at the dock. Also saw a very cool isopod that I'm pretty sure is in the family Sphaeromatidae, though I think I need to bone up a bit on isopod anatomy to get past there. It was just hanging out on a piece of kelp attached to a boat.

When we left the dock and started walking toward the point, we realized the beach was packed. TONS of people walking, clamming, checking stuff out. We inspected the pilings under the pier but found only an ochre star and some Obelia and other hydroids (still, slug food...). The reef was not less crowded, more people that I've ever seen. Surf was high, and hot spots like the pool of plenty were mostly covered. Managed to find a few slugs, including Flabellina trilineata, which was on a piece of hydroid that also had a tiny Doto amyra. Tiny. Other slugs included Doris montereyensis and Triopha maculata, and one more F. trilineata.

Non-sluggy action was pretty conventional: ochre, sunflower, knobbly, and giant pink sea stars, the usual array of anemones, sculpins etc. Only actually met up with the friends of friends at the very end, b/c it was impossible to find anyone in the crowds.

Publicado por kueda kueda, 09 de febrero de 2009

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Doto amyra

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kueda

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Febrero 7, 2009 02:58 PM PST

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I wish I could claim I actually saw this, but it actually just came long for the ride on a piece of hydroid along with the Flabellina.

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kueda

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Febrero 7, 2009 02:55 PM PST

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Who doesn't crave a little hydroid now and then. Now what hydroid this might be...

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kueda

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Febrero 7, 2009 12:32 PM PST

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I believe this is the same dorvelleid I saw previously (and kindly ID'd by sarsifa and leslieworms). Deborah saw it crawl into an abandoned barnacle shell. Note to all dorvelleids: barnacles will not hide you.

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kueda

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Febrero 7, 2009 01:07 PM PST

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Found on a piece of kelp growing on a boat. Honestly, my first through was some kind of larval spiny or slipper lobster, but then I realized I had the animal backwards. I'm fairly confident it's in Sphaeromatidae, and it certainly looks a lot like the pics of male Paracereis, but I mean, Paracereis sculpta has 3 male morphs! What the hell, Nature!

The animal was about 2 cm long, observed in Pillar Point Harbor, near El Granada, CA.

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kueda

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Febrero 7, 2009 01:17 PM PST

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Again, under a dock at Pillar Point Harbor. It matches the description of Myxicola infundibulum in Light's in that it has violet radiolar tips, but I'm not sure you would call a dock a "soft sediment."

Anyone know it? I think the whole colony might have been 10-15 cm across. That's a large mussel in the left of the image, if that helps with scale.

Update: Polychaete expert leslieworms from Flickr gave me a really great description of the taxonomic situation of Myxicola in CA.

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kueda

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Febrero 7, 2009

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It seemed to be releasing sperm, or eggs, or something, in a milky cloud. Will post pic later.

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kueda

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Febrero 7, 2009

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Febrero 7, 2009

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Estrella de Mar Ocre (Pisaster ochraceus)

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kueda

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Febrero 7, 2009

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Estrella Rosada (Pisaster brevispinus)

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kueda

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Febrero 7, 2009

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Estrella de Azúcar (Pisaster giganteus)

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kueda

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Febrero 7, 2009

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kueda

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Febrero 7, 2009

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