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OEB51 Panama Field Trip 2012

station   flippers
The Bocas del Toro Smithsonian Marine Station.   Flippers, booties and gloves: essential equipment for our field work.
     
boat   mangrove
We pile into these two boats to get to our field sites.   Mangroves are a habitat rich in invertebrate diversity.
     
vase   fire
Vase or barrel sponges, possibly Xestospongia muta.   The bearded fire worm (Hemodice carunculata) - handle with care!
     
scallop   cuke
Among these brain corals (likely Diploria sp.) you can spot a flame scallop (Lima scabra).   The chocolate chip sea cucumber Isostichopus badionotus.
     
squid   mass
These caribbean reef squid (Sepioteuthis sepioidea) are often found in groups.   This is a nudibranch egg bass, containing thousands of tiny embryos.
     
aplysia   basket
The spotted sea hare Aplysia dactylomela.   This basket star (likely Astrophtton muricatum) is closely related to sea stars and sea urchins.
     
larva   list
We can tell this is a developing mollusc embryo from the anatomy and the egg casing it was found in, but it's more difficult to tell the species!   We make sure to list all of the species we identify, along with the date and exact location of our collections.

 

Thanks to Joe Brancale for these pictures.

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