Sheephead Wrasse, Garibaldi and California golden gorgonian, Hypsypops rubicu...



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