Common Critters

Some common tidepool critters you should be able to identify and tell a story about. . .

 

where to find them, what do they eat, who eats them, adaptations, reproduction, what’s their life like, interesting facts

 

Crustaceans

  • BarnaclesTurban
    • Acorn
    • Thatched
    • Goose-necked
  • Crabs
    • Hermit
    • Shore or RockCrab
    • Porcelain
  • Shrimp and Lobsters

 

Echinoderms

  • UrchinsUrchin
    • Red
    • Purple
  • Sea Stars
    • Blue KnobbyStar
    • Ochre (if you find one, holler!)
    • Bat
  • Sea CucumberBrittleStar

 

Molluscs

  • LimpetsLimpet

    • Owl
    • Keyhole
    • multiple others
  • Snails and other mobile shelled creatures — multiple varieties
  • Mussels
  • Chitons
    • Conspicuous
    • Mossy
    • Troglodyte
    • Scaled
  • Abalone (ok, so maybe not that common anymore)
  • Sea HaresSeaCucumber
    • California Brown
    • BlackOctopus
  • Nudibranchs
  • OctopusSeaHare

 

Cnidarians

  • AnemonesAnemone
    • Solitary
    • AggregatingAnemones

 

Worms

  • Sand Castle Worms

 

Fish

  • Wooly Sculpin
  • California Clingfish
  • Opaleye
  • Blind Goby
  • Moray Eels
  • Leopard Sharks
  • Garibaldi

Last revised 07-Dec-15

 

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