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Solitary Sea Squirts grow on prop roots and on the bottom in the mangroves. Tunicates are unusual animals that are classified along with humans and other vertebrates in the Phylum Chordata....
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Sea Squirts Grow on Prop Roots
Solitary Sea Squirts grow on prop roots and on the bottom in the mangroves. Tunicates are unusual animals that are classified along with humans and other vertebrates in the Phylum Chordata....
Location: VI, USA
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The Buffalo Trunkfish (Lactophrys trigonus) is larger and less abundant than the Spotted and Smooth Trunkfishes seen frequently in the mangroves....
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Buffalo Trunkfish (Lactophrys trigonus)
The Buffalo Trunkfish (Lactophrys trigonus) is larger and less abundant than the Spotted and Smooth Trunkfishes seen frequently in the mangroves....
Location: VI, USA
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Juvenile Four Eye Butterflyfishes (Chaetodon capistratus) find protection in the prop roots and feed on coral polyps....
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Four Eye Butterflyfish (Chaetodon capistratus)
Juvenile Four Eye Butterflyfishes (Chaetodon capistratus) find protection in the prop roots and feed on coral polyps....
Location: VI, USA
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A Cushion Sea Star (Oreaster reticulata) moves slowly along the bottom near some bright green algae (Caulerpa racemosa)....
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Cushion Sea Star (Oreaster reticulata)
A Cushion Sea Star (Oreaster reticulata) moves slowly along the bottom near some bright green algae (Caulerpa racemosa)....
Location: VI, USA
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Giant Caribbean Anemones (Condylactis gigantea) display a wide range of colors but often have bright pink or purple tips....
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Giant Caribbean Anemone (Condylactis gigantea)
Giant Caribbean Anemones (Condylactis gigantea) display a wide range of colors but often have bright pink or purple tips....
Location: VI, USA
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Small corals have settled and begun to grow on the prop roots (Finger Coral, Porites sp. on the left; Lettuce Coral, Agaricia sp. on the right)....
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Finger Coral (Porites sp), Lettuce Coral (Agaricia sp)
Small corals have settled and begun to grow on the prop roots (Finger Coral, Porites sp. on the left; Lettuce Coral, Agaricia sp. on the right)....
Location: VI, USA
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An adult Great Barracuda (Sphyraena barracuda) bares his teeth. ...
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Great Barracuda (Sphyraena barracuda)
An adult Great Barracuda (Sphyraena barracuda) bares his teeth. ...
Location: VI, USA
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Barracudas of all sizes, from the juveniles shown here, to adults over 3 feet long, are common inhabitants of the mangroves....
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Juvenile Barracuda
Barracudas of all sizes, from the juveniles shown here, to adults over 3 feet long, are common inhabitants of the mangroves....
Location: VI, USA
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Grunts and other fish species in mangroves
Mangroves are "nurseries" for several species of grunts and other fishes which find shelter in the complex prop roots....
Location: VI, USA
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A juvenile Gray Angelfish (Pomacanthus arcuatus) feeds on sponges with French Grunts nearby....
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Gray Angelfish (Pomacanthus arcuatus)
A juvenile Gray Angelfish (Pomacanthus arcuatus) feeds on sponges with French Grunts nearby....
Location: VI, USA
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Hawksbill Sea Turtles (Eretmochelys imbricata), such as the one hiding here under a boulder, and Green Sea Turtles (Chelonia mydas) are occasionally seen in Hurricane Hole. Hawksbills feed mostly on sponges while Greens eat mostly sea grasses....
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Hawksbill Sea Turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata)
Hawksbill Sea Turtles (Eretmochelys imbricata), such as the one hiding here under a boulder, and Green Sea Turtles (Chelonia mydas) are occasionally seen in Hurricane Hole. Hawksbills feed mostly on sponges while Greens eat mostly sea grasses....
Location: VI, USA
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This colony of Mountainous Star Coral (Montastraea faveolata) is so large (about 3 feet across) that it must have been growing before the severe bleaching and disease episode in 2005/2006 that caused so much coral mortality on St. John's reefs....
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Mountainous Star Coral (Montastraea faveolata)
This colony of Mountainous Star Coral (Montastraea faveolata) is so large (about 3 feet across) that it must have been growing before the severe bleaching and disease episode in 2005/2006 that caused so much coral mortality on St. John's reefs....
Location: VI, USA
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A Common Octopus (Octopus vulgaris) leaves his den to hunt for conchs and clams....
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Common Octopus (Octopus vulgaris)
A Common Octopus (Octopus vulgaris) leaves his den to hunt for conchs and clams....
Location: VI, USA
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The beautiful yellow and black Rock Beauty (Holacanthus tricolor) is much less abundant than the other members of the Angelfish Family....
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Rock Beauty Angelfish (Holacanthus tricolor)
The beautiful yellow and black Rock Beauty (Holacanthus tricolor) is much less abundant than the other members of the Angelfish Family....
Location: VI, USA
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Bright red Reef Urchins (Echinometra viridis) graze on algae growing on prop roots and rocks in shallow water. ...
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Reef Urchin (Echinometra viridis)
Bright red Reef Urchins (Echinometra viridis) graze on algae growing on prop roots and rocks in shallow water. ...
Location: VI, USA
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