Sheephead Wrasse, Garibaldi and California golden gorgonian, Semicossyphus pulcher



California golden gorgonian, Garibaldi and Sheephead wrasse fishes on rocky reef, below kelp forest, underwater. The golden gorgonian is a filter-feeding temperate colonial species that lives on the rocky bottom at depths between 50 to 200 feet deep. Each individual polyp is a distinct animal, together they secrete calcium that forms the structure of the colony. Gorgonians are oriented at right angles to prevailing water currents to capture plankton drifting by. San Clemente Island, USA, Semicossyphus pulcher, Hypsypops rubicundus, Muricea californica, natural history stock photograph, photo id 30922Add To Light Table
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California golden gorgonian, Garibaldi and Sheephead wrasse fishes on rocky reef, below kelp forest, underwater. The golden gorgonian is a filter-feeding temperate colonial species that lives on the rocky bottom at depths between 50 to 200 feet deep. Each individual polyp is a distinct animal, together they secrete calcium that forms the structure of the colony. Gorgonians are oriented at right angles to prevailing water currents to capture plankton drifting by. San Clemente Island, USA

Stock Photo: 30922
Species: California sheephead wrasse, Garibaldi, California golden gorgonian, Semicossyphus pulcher, Hypsypops rubicundus, Muricea californica
Location: San Clemente Island, California, USA
Format: Digital 1.61:1
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