Life, Death, and Conservation of an Ocean Ecosystem

Mooring 11

Phylum: Porifera

Class: Desmospongiae

Order: Haplosclerida

Scientific Name Common Name Dates
Agelas wiedenmayeri Brown clustered
tube sponge
Aug. 16, 2014
Callyspongia plicifera Azure vase sponge Aug. 16, 2014
Xestospongia muta Giant barrel sponge Aug. 16, 2014

Phylum: Cnidaria

Class: Anthozoa

Order: Alcyonacea

Scientific Name Common Name Dates
Gorgonia ventalina common sea fan Aug. 16, 2014
Aug. 18, 2014
Antillogorgia
(Pseudopterogorgia) spp.
miscellaneous
sea plumes
Aug. 16, 2014
Antillogorgia americana
(Pseudopterogorgia americana)
slimy sea plume Aug. 16, 2014
Plexaura homomalla black sea rod Aug. 16, 2014

Order: Scleractinia (stony corals)

Scientific Name Common Name Dates
Montastraea cavernosa great star coral Aug. 16, 2014
Porites astreoides mustard hill coral Aug. 16, 2014
Siderastrea radians lesser starlet coral Aug. 16, 2014

Phylum: Chordata

Class: Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes)

Order: Perciformes (perchlike fishes)

Scientific Name Common Name Dates
Haemulon flavolineatum French grunt Aug. 16, 2014
Hyploplectrus gemma blue hamlet Aug. 16, 2014
Ocyurus chrysurus yellowtail snapper Aug. 16, 2014
Aug. 18, 2014
Scarus spp. parrotfish Aug. 16, 2014
Thalassoma bifasciatum bluehead Aug. 16, 2014

Taxonomic data obtained from the World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS), except where otherwise noted.

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This blog, like my dissertation, will focus on the life of Looe Key Reef specifically, ocean ecosystems in general, and on the ethics of our relationship with the natural world.

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