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Venus comb murex.  Scientists speculate that the distinctively long and narrow spines are a protection against fish and other mollusks and prevent the mollusk from sinking into the soft, sandy mud where it is commonly found, Murex pecten Add To Light Table Sea Urchin Detail, Sea of Cortez, Mexico, Isla San Francisquito, Baja California Add To Light Table Red barrel flower bloom, cactus detail, spines and flower on top of the cactus, Glorietta Canyon, Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Ferocactus cylindraceus, Borrego Springs, California Add To Light Table
Venus comb murex. Scientists speculate that the distinctively long and narrow spines are a protection against fish and other mollusks and prevent the mollusk from sinking into the soft, sandy mud where it is commonly found.
Image ID: 12970  
Species: Venus comb murex, Murex pecten
 
Sea Urchin Detail, Sea of Cortez, Mexico.
Image ID: 33648  
Location: Isla San Francisquito, Baja California, Mexico
 
Red barrel flower bloom, cactus detail, spines and flower on top of the cactus, Glorietta Canyon, Anza-Borrego Desert State Park.
Image ID: 24303  
Species: Red barrel cactus, Ferocactus cylindraceus
Location: Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Borrego Springs, California, USA
 
Red barrel cactus detail, spines on top of the cactus, Glorietta Canyon, Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Ferocactus cylindraceus, Borrego Springs, California Add To Light Table Teddy-Bear cholla cactus. This species is covered with dense spines and pieces easily detach and painfully attach to the skin of distracted passers-by, Opuntia bigelovii, Joshua Tree National Park, California This photo is the top of a stack of similar images, click to see them all.Add To Light Table Sea Urchin Detail, Sea of Cortez, Mexico, Isla San Francisquito, Baja California Add To Light Table
Red barrel cactus detail, spines on top of the cactus, Glorietta Canyon, Anza-Borrego Desert State Park.
Image ID: 24308  
Species: Red barrel cactus, Ferocactus cylindraceus
Location: Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Borrego Springs, California, USA
 
Teddy-Bear cholla cactus. This species is covered with dense spines and pieces easily detach and painfully attach to the skin of distracted passers-by.
Image ID: 26773  
Species: Teddy-bear Cholla, Opuntia bigelovii
Location: Joshua Tree National Park, California, USA
 
Sea Urchin Detail, Sea of Cortez, Mexico.
Image ID: 33647  
Location: Isla San Francisquito, Baja California, Mexico
 
Sea Urchin Detail, Sea of Cortez, Mexico, Isla San Francisquito, Baja California Add To Light Table Teddy-Bear cholla cactus. This species is covered with dense spines and pieces easily detach and painfully attach to the skin of distracted passers-by, Opuntia bigelovii, Joshua Tree National Park, California Add To Light Table Red barrel flower bloom, cactus detail, spines and flower on top of the cactus, Glorietta Canyon, Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Ferocactus cylindraceus, Borrego Springs, California Add To Light Table
Sea Urchin Detail, Sea of Cortez, Mexico.
Image ID: 33649  
Location: Isla San Francisquito, Baja California, Mexico
 
Teddy-Bear cholla cactus. This species is covered with dense spines and pieces easily detach and painfully attach to the skin of distracted passers-by.
Image ID: 11981  
Species: Teddy-bear cholla, Opuntia bigelovii
Location: Joshua Tree National Park, California, USA
 
Red barrel flower bloom, cactus detail, spines and flower on top of the cactus, Glorietta Canyon, Anza-Borrego Desert State Park.
Image ID: 24309  
Species: Red barrel cactus, Ferocactus cylindraceus
Location: Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Borrego Springs, California, USA
 
Teddy-Bear cholla blooms in spring. This species is covered with dense spines and pieces easily detach and painfully attach to the skin of distracted passers-by, Opuntia bigelovii, Joshua Tree National Park, California Add To Light Table Teddy-Bear cholla blooms in spring. This species is covered with dense spines and pieces easily detach and painfully attach to the skin of distracted passers-by, Opuntia bigelovii, Joshua Tree National Park, California Add To Light Table Teddy-Bear cholla cactus. This species is covered with dense spines and pieces easily detach and painfully attach to the skin of distracted passers-by, Opuntia bigelovii, Joshua Tree National Park, California Add To Light Table
Teddy-Bear cholla blooms in spring. This species is covered with dense spines and pieces easily detach and painfully attach to the skin of distracted passers-by.
Image ID: 11934  
Species: Teddy-bear cholla, Opuntia bigelovii
Location: Joshua Tree National Park, California, USA
 
Teddy-Bear cholla blooms in spring. This species is covered with dense spines and pieces easily detach and painfully attach to the skin of distracted passers-by.
Image ID: 11935  
Species: Teddy-bear cholla, Opuntia bigelovii
Location: Joshua Tree National Park, California, USA
 
Teddy-Bear cholla cactus. This species is covered with dense spines and pieces easily detach and painfully attach to the skin of distracted passers-by.
Image ID: 11979  
Species: Teddy-bear cholla, Opuntia bigelovii
Location: Joshua Tree National Park, California, USA
 
Teddy-Bear cholla cactus. This species is covered with dense spines and pieces easily detach and painfully attach to the skin of distracted passers-by, Opuntia bigelovii, Joshua Tree National Park, California Add To Light Table Teddy-Bear cholla cactus. This species is covered with dense spines and pieces easily detach and painfully attach to the skin of distracted passers-by, Opuntia bigelovii, Joshua Tree National Park, California Add To Light Table Teddy-Bear cholla cactus. This species is covered with dense spines and pieces easily detach and painfully attach to the skin of distracted passers-by, Opuntia bigelovii, Joshua Tree National Park, California Add To Light Table
Teddy-Bear cholla cactus. This species is covered with dense spines and pieces easily detach and painfully attach to the skin of distracted passers-by.
Image ID: 11980  
Species: Teddy-bear cholla, Opuntia bigelovii
Location: Joshua Tree National Park, California, USA
 
Teddy-Bear cholla cactus. This species is covered with dense spines and pieces easily detach and painfully attach to the skin of distracted passers-by.
Image ID: 11982  
Species: Teddy-bear cholla, Opuntia bigelovii
Location: Joshua Tree National Park, California, USA
 
Teddy-Bear cholla cactus. This species is covered with dense spines and pieces easily detach and painfully attach to the skin of distracted passers-by.
Image ID: 11983  
Species: Teddy-bear cholla, Opuntia bigelovii
Location: Joshua Tree National Park, California, USA
 
Teddy-Bear cholla cactus. This species is covered with dense spines and pieces easily detach and painfully attach to the skin of distracted passers-by, Opuntia bigelovii, Joshua Tree National Park, California Add To Light Table Venus comb murex.  Scientists speculate that the distinctively long and narrow spines are a protection against fish and other mollusks and prevent the mollusk from sinking into the soft, sandy mud where it is commonly found, Murex pecten Add To Light Table California sea cucumber.  Sea cucumbers are related to sea stars and sea urchins. The sharp looking spines are soft to the touch and disappear into the skin when disturbed. If this visual defense doesnt work, the sea cucumber will expel its respiratory system. When this occurs in the wild it can regrow the lost organs, Parastichopus californicus Add To Light Table
Teddy-Bear cholla cactus. This species is covered with dense spines and pieces easily detach and painfully attach to the skin of distracted passers-by.
Image ID: 11984  
Species: Teddy-bear cholla, Opuntia bigelovii
Location: Joshua Tree National Park, California, USA
 
Venus comb murex. Scientists speculate that the distinctively long and narrow spines are a protection against fish and other mollusks and prevent the mollusk from sinking into the soft, sandy mud where it is commonly found.
Image ID: 12971  
Species: Venus comb murex, Murex pecten
 
California sea cucumber. Sea cucumbers are related to sea stars and sea urchins. The sharp looking spines are soft to the touch and disappear into the skin when disturbed. If this visual defense doesnt work, the sea cucumber will expel its respiratory system. When this occurs in the wild it can regrow the lost organs.
Image ID: 13732  
Species: California sea cucumber, Parastichopus californicus
 
California sea cucumber.  Sea cucumbers are related to sea stars and sea urchins. The sharp looking spines are soft to the touch and disappear into the skin when disturbed. If this visual defense doesnt work, the sea cucumber will expel its respiratory system. When this occurs in the wild it can regrow the lost organs, Parastichopus californicus Add To Light Table Starfish (sea star), dorsal surface detail including spines and pincers, Pisaster giganteus, La Jolla, California Add To Light Table Starfish (sea star), dorsal surface detail including spines and pincers, Pisaster giganteus, La Jolla, California Add To Light Table
California sea cucumber. Sea cucumbers are related to sea stars and sea urchins. The sharp looking spines are soft to the touch and disappear into the skin when disturbed. If this visual defense doesnt work, the sea cucumber will expel its respiratory system. When this occurs in the wild it can regrow the lost organs.
Image ID: 13733  
Species: California sea cucumber, Parastichopus californicus
 
Starfish (sea star), dorsal surface detail including spines and pincers.
Image ID: 07013  
Species: Giant sea star, Pisaster giganteus
Location: La Jolla, California, USA
 
Starfish (sea star), dorsal surface detail including spines and pincers.
Image ID: 07014  
Species: Giant sea star, Pisaster giganteus
Location: La Jolla, California, USA
 
Small fish trapped in spines of unidentified urchin, San Miguel Island Add To Light Table Teddy-Bear cholla is covered with dense spines. Pieces of this species easily detach and painfully attach to the skin of distracted passers-by, Opuntia bigelovii, Joshua Tree National Park, California Add To Light Table The Teddy-Bear chollas dense array of spines is clearly apparent, Opuntia bigelovii, Joshua Tree National Park, California Add To Light Table
Small fish trapped in spines of unidentified urchin.
Image ID: 07016  
Location: San Miguel Island, California, USA
 
Teddy-Bear cholla is covered with dense spines. Pieces of this species easily detach and painfully attach to the skin of distracted passers-by.
Image ID: 09122  
Species: Teddy-bear cholla, Opuntia bigelovii
Location: Joshua Tree National Park, California, USA
 
The Teddy-Bear chollas dense array of spines is clearly apparent.
Image ID: 09133  
Species: Teddy-bear cholla, Opuntia bigelovii
Location: Joshua Tree National Park, California, USA
 
The Teddy-Bear chollas dense array of spines is clearly apparent, Opuntia bigelovii, Joshua Tree National Park, California Add To Light Table The Teddy-Bear chollas dense array of spines is clearly apparent, Opuntia bigelovii, Joshua Tree National Park, California Add To Light Table The Teddy-Bear chollas dense array of spines is clearly apparent, Opuntia bigelovii, Joshua Tree National Park, California Add To Light Table
The Teddy-Bear chollas dense array of spines is clearly apparent.
Image ID: 09134  
Species: Teddy-bear cholla, Opuntia bigelovii
Location: Joshua Tree National Park, California, USA
 
The Teddy-Bear chollas dense array of spines is clearly apparent.
Image ID: 09135  
Species: Teddy-bear cholla, Opuntia bigelovii
Location: Joshua Tree National Park, California, USA
 
The Teddy-Bear chollas dense array of spines is clearly apparent.
Image ID: 09136  
Species: Teddy-bear cholla, Opuntia bigelovii
Location: Joshua Tree National Park, California, USA
 
The Teddy-Bear chollas dense array of spines is clearly apparent, Opuntia bigelovii, Joshua Tree National Park, California Add To Light Table
The Teddy-Bear chollas dense array of spines is clearly apparent.
Image ID: 09137  
Species: Teddy-bear cholla, Opuntia bigelovii
Location: Joshua Tree National Park, California, USA
 


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Animal  >  Marine Invertebrate  >  Echinoderm  >  Sea Urchin
Animal  >  Marine Invertebrate  >  Echinoderm  >  Seastar / Starfish
Animal  >  Marine Invertebrate  >  Marine Invertebrate Anatomy  >  Spine
Animal  >  Marine Invertebrate  >  Mollusk  >  Gastropods / Snail  >  Nudibranch / Sea Slug
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Gallery  >  California
Gallery  >  Joshua Tree National Park
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Location  >  Oceans  >  Pacific  >  California (USA) / Baja California (Mexico)  >  Channel Islands  >  San Miguel Island
Location  >  Protected Threatened and Significant Places  >  National Marine Sanctuaries  >  Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary  >  San Miguel Island
Location  >  Protected Threatened and Significant Places  >  National Parks  >  Joshua Tree National Park (California)
Location  >  Protected Threatened and Significant Places  >  State Parks  >  Anza Borrego Desert State Park
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Species Appearing Among These Images:
Ferocactus cylindraceus
Murex pecten
Opuntia bigelovii
Parastichopus californicus
Pisaster giganteus

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Updated: July 11, 2020