Marine Organisms


Benthic is a term used to describe organisms that dwell on the sea floor. There are hundreds of thousands of organisms on the sea floor of the San Pedro Shelf. Organisms that are found swimming or floating in the water are called pelagic ogranisms. This includes plankton of all sizes, fish, skates and rays, sharks, etc. Click on the image to see a larger version.

Please note: I am NOT a biologist - I rely on the SCMI Staff biologist for most (read: nearly all) species identification. If you see an error, please contact me at sleyva@calstatela.edu!

Benthic Organisms

Echinoids: Sand Dollars
 
 
     
Echinoids: Sea Stars
     
       
       
 
   
 
   

 

Echinoids: Sea Urchins

 
 
     
     
 

 

Corals

   
 

 

Marine Mollusks

 
   
   
 
   
     
   
 
     

 

Worms

   

 

Kelp

 
 
 
     

 

Amphoxiformes

 

 

Crustaceans: Crabs, Shrimp & Prawns

 
 
 
   

 

Octopus

     

 

Bivalves

 
   
Sea Cucumbers
     
 
Feather Hydroids
   

 

Sponges

     

 

Tunicates

     

 

Pelagic Organisms

 

Fishes

 

     
 
     

 

Pipefish, Seahorses, and Seadragons

     
       

 

Skates & Rays

     

 

Crustaceans

     
     

 

Flatfish

     
       
 
   
 
     

 

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