Tag: Axial Biology

Mediaster Sea Star

Mediaster Sea Star (likely Mediaster tenellus) This sea star (shown to the left of a brittle star) has been observed on several

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Blue Ciliates

Blue Ciliates (Folliculinopsis sp.) These deep blue, single celled protists reside on basalt substrates and are very common surrounding hydrothermal vents along

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Sea Spider (Pycnogonid)

Sea Spider (Ammothea verenae) Sea Spiders are not Arachnids but belong to Class Pycnogonida: spider-like marine Arthropods. They have four pairs of

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Squat Lobster

Squat Lobster (Munidolopsis alvisca) This Crustacean is light tan in color and has six walking legs, and two significantly larger claws. A

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Spider Crab

Spider Crab (Macroregonia macrochira) Spider Crabs are major predators and scavengers at Axial Seamount. They belong to Order Decapoda, and therefore have

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Flapjack octopus

Flapjack Octopus (Opisthoteuthis sp.) These small cirrate octopuses (often confused with Dumbo octopuses) are some of the deepest-living known octopus species. They are

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Cockatoo Squid

Cockatoo Squid (Taonius borealis) The Cockatoo Squid is a species of cranchiid (or glass squid) with their stocky arms held above their

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Blue Shark

Blue Shark (Prionace glauca) Blue sharks are a pelagic species that can be found worldwide in both tropical and cold temperate latitudes

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Deepstaria enigmatica

Deepstaria enigmatica The Deepstaria enigmatica, observed over Axial Seamount, is translucent and resembles a lampshade. This specimen was approximately 30 cm in

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