Photos: Interesting Shots
Melobesia, an epiphytic coralline
can also have epiphytes growing on it. This picture shows fungi (transparent
threads) on the edges of Melobesia.
Two cross sections of Melobesia on Phyllospadix.
The pink striped chiton, Tonicella lineata,
feeds on crustose corallines and gets its bright colors from them.
A close up picture of Tonicella lineata and
its amazing colors and stripes.
It seems that some kind of small invertebrate
ate part of this alga. From the shape of the missing part it appears to
be made by the radula of some kind of mollusc.
Coralline fossil of Lithophyllum
margaritae from Baja California that is 150,000 years old.
of J. Connor)
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