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California golden gorgonian and small juvenile sheephead 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, Muricea californica, Semicossyphus pulcher, San Clemente Island Add To Light Table California sheephead and golden gorgonian, giant kelp forest filters sunlight in the background, underwater, Semicossyphus pulcher, Muricea californica, Catalina Island Add To Light Table California sheephead and golden gorgonian, giant kelp forest filters sunlight in the background, underwater, Semicossyphus pulcher, Muricea californica, Catalina Island Add To Light Table
California golden gorgonian and small juvenile sheephead 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.
Image ID: 23421  
Species: California golden gorgonian, Muricea californica, Semicossyphus pulcher
Location: San Clemente Island, California, USA
 
California sheephead and golden gorgonian, giant kelp forest filters sunlight in the background, underwater.
Image ID: 23449  
Species: California sheephead wrasse, Semicossyphus pulcher, Muricea californica
Location: Catalina Island, California, USA
 
California sheephead and golden gorgonian, giant kelp forest filters sunlight in the background, underwater.
Image ID: 23472  
Species: California sheephead wrasse, Semicossyphus pulcher, Muricea californica
Location: Catalina Island, California, USA
 
Sheephead and golden gorgonian, underwater in a kelp forest, Muricea californica, Semicossyphus pulcher, San Clemente Island Add To Light Table Gorgonians grow on rocky reef, kelp forest and a white boat floating on the surface can be seen in the background, underwater, Muricea californica, Semicossyphus pulcher, San Clemente Island Add To Light Table Sheephead and golden gorgonian, underwater in a kelp forest, Muricea californica, Semicossyphus pulcher, San Clemente Island Add To Light Table
Sheephead and golden gorgonian, underwater in a kelp forest.
Image ID: 23528  
Species: California golden gorgonian, Muricea californica, Semicossyphus pulcher
Location: San Clemente Island, California, USA
 
Gorgonians grow on rocky reef, kelp forest and a white boat floating on the surface can be seen in the background, underwater.
Image ID: 23537  
Species: California golden gorgonian, Muricea californica, Semicossyphus pulcher
Location: San Clemente Island, California, USA
 
Sheephead and golden gorgonian, underwater in a kelp forest.
Image ID: 23586  
Species: California golden gorgonian, Muricea californica, Semicossyphus pulcher
Location: San Clemente Island, California, USA
 
Juvenile sheephead wrasse, Semicossyphus pulcher Add To Light Table Sheephead wrasse, female, Semicossyphus pulcher Add To Light Table Juvenile sheephead wrasse, Semicossyphus pulcher Add To Light Table
Juvenile sheephead wrasse.
Image ID: 14001  
Species: California sheephead wrasse, Semicossyphus pulcher
 
Sheephead wrasse, female.
Image ID: 14036  
Species: California sheephead wrasse, Semicossyphus pulcher
 
Juvenile sheephead wrasse.
Image ID: 14944  
Species: California sheephead wrasse, Semicossyphus pulcher
 
California sheephead, adult male, Semicossyphus pulcher, San Clemente Island Add To Light Table Juvenile sheephead, Farnsworth Banks, Semicossyphus pulcher, Catalina Island Add To Light Table California sheephead, juvenile, Semicossyphus pulcher, Catalina Island Add To Light Table
California sheephead, adult male.
Image ID: 01936  
Species: California sheephead wrasse, Semicossyphus pulcher
Location: San Clemente Island, California, USA
 
Juvenile sheephead, Farnsworth Banks.
Image ID: 05184  
Species: California sheephead wrasse, Semicossyphus pulcher
Location: Catalina Island, California, USA
 
California sheephead, juvenile.
Image ID: 00371  
Species: California sheephead wrasse, Semicossyphus pulcher
Location: Catalina Island, California, USA
 
California sheephead, gorgonian, Semicossyphus pulcher, San Clemente Island Add To Light Table California sheephead, juvenile, Semicossyphus pulcher, Catalina Island Add To Light Table California sheephead and gorgonian amid kelp forest, Semicossyphus pulcher, San Clemente Island Add To Light Table
California sheephead, gorgonian.
Image ID: 01124  
Species: California sheephead wrasse, Semicossyphus pulcher
Location: San Clemente Island, California, USA
 
California sheephead, juvenile.
Image ID: 01935  
Species: California sheephead wrasse, Semicossyphus pulcher
Location: Catalina Island, California, USA
 
California sheephead and gorgonian amid kelp forest.
Image ID: 04647  
Species: California sheephead wrasse, Semicossyphus pulcher
Location: San Clemente Island, California, USA
 
Juvenile sheephead swims above dead/dying brown gorgonian covered with yellow parasitic zoanthid anemones, Semicossyphus pulcher, Parazoanthus lucificum, Catalina Island Add To Light Table Juvenile sheephead swims above dead/dying brown gorgonian covered with yellow parasitic zoanthid anemones, Semicossyphus pulcher, Parazoanthus lucificum, Catalina Island Add To Light Table California sheephead, adult male, Semicossyphus pulcher, San Clemente Island Add To Light Table
Juvenile sheephead swims above dead/dying brown gorgonian covered with yellow parasitic zoanthid anemones.
Image ID: 07006  
Species: California sheephead wrasse, Semicossyphus pulcher, Parazoanthus lucificum
Location: Catalina Island, California, USA
 
Juvenile sheephead swims above dead/dying brown gorgonian covered with yellow parasitic zoanthid anemones.
Image ID: 07007  
Species: California sheephead wrasse, Semicossyphus pulcher, Parazoanthus lucificum
Location: Catalina Island, California, USA
 
California sheephead, adult male.
Image ID: 07072  
Species: California sheephead wrasse, Semicossyphus pulcher
Location: San Clemente Island, California, USA
 
California sheephead, male, Semicossyphus pulcher, Santa Barbara Island Add To Light Table California sheephead, female, Semicossyphus pulcher, San Clemente Island Add To Light Table Sheephead and sponges, Bens Rock, Semicossyphus pulcher Add To Light Table
California sheephead, male.
Image ID: 01125  
Species: California sheephead wrasse, Semicossyphus pulcher
Location: Santa Barbara Island, California, USA
 
California sheephead, female.
Image ID: 01937  
Species: California sheephead wrasse, Semicossyphus pulcher
Location: San Clemente Island, California, USA
 
Sheephead and sponges, Bens Rock.
Image ID: 02379  
Species: California sheephead wrasse, Semicossyphus pulcher
 
California sheephead, gorgonian, Semicossyphus pulcher, San Clemente Island Add To Light Table Sheephead and starfish, Roca Ben, Semicossyphus pulcher Add To Light Table Sheephead and sulfur sponges, Roca Ben, Semicossyphus pulcher Add To Light Table
California sheephead, gorgonian.
Image ID: 03456  
Species: California sheephead wrasse, Semicossyphus pulcher
Location: San Clemente Island, California, USA
 
Sheephead and starfish, Roca Ben.
Image ID: 03733  
Species: California sheephead wrasse, Semicossyphus pulcher
 
Sheephead and sulfur sponges, Roca Ben.
Image ID: 03734  
Species: California sheephead wrasse, Semicossyphus pulcher
 
Pacific torpedo ray, Farnsworth Banks, Catalina, Torpedo californica, Semicossyphus pulcher, Lophogorgia chilensis,, Catalina Island Add To Light Table Pacific torpedo ray, Farnsworth Banks, Catalina, Torpedo californica, Semicossyphus pulcher, Lophogorgia chilensis, Catalina Island Add To Light Table Pacific torpedo ray, Farnsworth Banks, Catalina, Torpedo californica, Semicossyphus pulcher, Lophogorgia chilensis, Catalina Island Add To Light Table
Pacific torpedo ray, Farnsworth Banks, Catalina, Torpedo californica.
Image ID: 03822  
Species: California sheephead wrasse, Semicossyphus pulcher, Lophogorgia chilensis
Location: Catalina Island, California, USA
 
Pacific torpedo ray, Farnsworth Banks, Catalina, Torpedo californica.
Image ID: 04706  
Species: California sheephead wrasse, Semicossyphus pulcher, Lophogorgia chilensis
Location: Catalina Island, California, USA
 
Pacific torpedo ray, Farnsworth Banks, Catalina, Torpedo californica.
Image ID: 04708  
Species: California sheephead wrasse, Semicossyphus pulcher, Lophogorgia chilensis
Location: Catalina Island, California, USA
 
Pacific torpedo ray, Farnsworth Banks, Catalina, Torpedo californica, Semicossyphus pulcher, Catalina Island Add To Light Table Sheephead, Semicossyphus pulcher Add To Light Table Pacific torpedo ray, Farnsworth Banks, Catalina, Torpedo californica, Semicossyphus pulcher, Catalina Island Add To Light Table
Pacific torpedo ray, Farnsworth Banks, Catalina, Torpedo californica.
Image ID: 05174  
Species: California sheephead wrasse, Semicossyphus pulcher
Location: Catalina Island, California, USA
 
Sheephead.
Image ID: 05182  
Species: California sheephead wrasse, Semicossyphus pulcher
Location: California, USA
 
Pacific torpedo ray, Farnsworth Banks, Catalina, Torpedo californica.
Image ID: 05185  
Species: California sheephead wrasse, Semicossyphus pulcher
Location: Catalina Island, California, USA
 


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Animal  >  Fish  >  Fish Anatomy  >  Adult / Juvenile Difference
Animal  >  Fish  >  Fish Anatomy  >  Color and Pattern  >  Adult - Juvenile Difference
Animal  >  Fish  >  Fish Anatomy  >  Color and Pattern  >  Stripe
Animal  >  Fish  >  Fish Anatomy  >  Juvenile
Animal  >  Fish  >  Fish Anatomy  >  Male - Female Difference
Animal  >  Fish  >  Marine Fish  >  Wrasse (Labridae)
Animal  >  Marine Invertebrate  >  Anemone  >  Zoanthid
Animal  >  Marine Invertebrate  >  Coral  >  Soft Coral  >  Gorgonian
Animal  >  Marine Invertebrate  >  Echinoderm  >  Seastar / Starfish
Animal  >  Marine Invertebrate  >  Sponges
Gallery  >  Gorgonian
Gallery  >  Kelp Forest
Gallery  >  San Clemente Island
Location  >  Oceans  >  Pacific  >  California (USA) / Baja California (Mexico)
Location  >  Oceans  >  Pacific  >  California (USA) / Baja California (Mexico)  >  Channel Islands  >  Catalina Island
Location  >  Oceans  >  Pacific  >  California (USA) / Baja California (Mexico)  >  Channel Islands  >  San Clemente Island
Location  >  Oceans  >  Pacific  >  California (USA) / Baja California (Mexico)  >  Channel Islands  >  Santa Barbara Island
Location  >  Oceans  >  Pacific  >  California (USA) / Baja California (Mexico)  >  Guadalupe Island (Isla Guadalupe)
Location  >  Protected Threatened and Significant Places  >  International  >  Isla Guadalupe Special Biosphere Reserve (Mexico)
Location  >  Protected Threatened and Significant Places  >  National Marine Sanctuaries  >  Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary  >  Santa Barbara Island
Location  >  USA  >  California  >  Catalina Island
Location  >  USA  >  California  >  San Clemente Island
Location  >  USA  >  California  >  Santa Barbara Island
Location  >  World  >  Mexico  >  Guadalupe Island (Isla Guadalupe)
Natural World  >  Habitat  >  Kelp Forest
Subject  >  Technique  >  Captivity  >  Aquarium
Subject  >  Technique  >  Underwater

Species Appearing Among These Images:
Lophogorgia chilensis
Muricea californica
Parazoanthus lucificum
Semicossyphus pulcher

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