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FIELD GUIDE
Table of Contents
Introduction
Index
Sponges
Corals, Sea Anemones
Sea Jellies
Sea Urchins, Sea Cucumbers, Brittle Stars, Sea Stars, Sand Dollars
Sea Worms
Lobsters, Crabs, Shrimps, Barnacles
Mollusks Sea Snails, Oysters, Clams, Nudibranches, Octopuses
Tunicates
Fish: Perchlike Fish I
Fish: Perchlike Fish II
Fish: Other Ray-Finned Fish
Fish: Sharks, Rays, Skates
Sea Reptiles
Sea Mammals
 
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MONTESSORI CORAL REEF FIELD GUIDE INDEX

and INTRODUCTION

Echinodermata (PHYLUM)

Sea Urchins, Sea Cucumbers, Brittle Stars, Sea Stars, Sand Dollars

Sea Urchins

Habitat: Rocky shores and kelp beds       

Size: up to 3 1/4 inches wide; 1 1/2 inches high.

Food: kelp and other seaweeds; algae

Interesting Fact: Its spines are poisonous. It protects itself by stinging anything that touches it.

Kenyotis

Green Sea Urchin Other Sites: Green Sea Urchin

Green Sea Urchin

Habitat: On rocky shores or open coasts

Size: Maximum 2 inches

Food: sea weed, kelp and algae

Interesting Fact:

Matt A. - Amazing Animals of the World

Red Sea Urchin Other Sites: Red Sea Urchin

Habitat: Pacific Coast of North Americon rocky shores

Size:  Maximum Height: 1  3/4 inches Maximum Length: 4 inches

Food: algae, hydrozoans, barnacles, dead animal matter      

Interesting Fact: It is spiny and lives in the deep sea. Juveniles are greenish.

Mitchell L. - Amazing Animals of the World

Eric S. - Amazing Animals of the World

Purple Spined Sea Urchin Other Sites: Purple Sea Urchin

Information: A "test" is a

skeleton of a sea urchin.

Sea Urchin Test  
Sea Cucumbers  

Habitat: From Gulf of Alaska to Baja California . . . sea floor.

Size: up to 16-20 inches in length.

Food: plankton, algae, dead organic matter

Interesting Fact: Body fluid of sea cucumber is used to toughen soles of human feet.

Erika

California Sea Cucumber Other Sites: Sea Cucumbers
Brittle Stars

Habitat: seafloors worldwide

Size: Up to 6 inches

Food: small invertebrates and other organic matter.

Interesting Fact: It attaches to a rock on the sea floor.

Amanda and Rajanique

Amazing Animals of the World

Deep Sea Brittle Star Other Sites: Deep Sea Brittle Star

Habitat: under rocks, in tidepools; rocky shores

Size: Disk diameter 3/4" (19 mm), arm length 3 5/8" (92 mm).

Food: Detritus (learn about feeding relationships of sea animals)

Interesting Fact: Colors vary: Red, orange, pink, yellow, white, blue, green, tan, brown, gray, and black, in infinite variety of spots, lines, bands, and mottlings.

Daisy Brittle Star Other Sites: Daisy Brittle Stars
Sea Stars  

 

Habitat: rocks

Size: up to 7 1/4 inches.

Food: clams, shrimp, scallops

Interesting Fact: If an arm falls off it can grow a new one, and the arm that did fall off can grow into a new sea star.

Anna

Common Sea Star Other Sites: Sea Stars

Common Sea Star

 

 

Habitat: on rocks or gravel bottoms.

Size: 8 inch radius.

Food: mussels, clams, shrimp, scallops

Interesting Fact: Has  a red eyespot at each arm tip. The body is soft and flabby.

Northern Sea Star Other Sites: Sea Stars

Northern Sea Star

Habitat: Oyster reefs, and seagrass communities in southern United States.

Size: 12-14 inches in diameter

Food: clams, oysters, coral, fish, and other animals

Interesting Fact: Sea stars turn their stomachs inside out to eat.

Malikah

Nine-Armed Sea Star Other Sites: Sea Stars

Nine-Armed Sea Star

Habitat: North Atlantic coast and Mediterranean Sea.

Size: up to 1 foot in diameter.

Food: Mollusks such as clams & oysters, sea urchins and other sea stars.    

Interesting Fact: Its color is orange to vermillion.

Alexander F. and Nick L. Amazing Animals of the World

Red Spiny Sea Star Other Sites: Sea Stars
Sea Biscuits and Sand Dollars

Habitat: ocean bottom  to just beyond low tide area, they like soft, sandy or muddy beds.

Size: 5 inches

Food: plankton and organic particles

Interesting Fact: The sea biscuit is a kind of sand dollar. 

 

Sea Biscuit Other Sites:

Habitat: ocean bottom  to just beyond low tide area, they like soft, sandy or muddy beds.

Size: 4 - 5 inches

Food: plankton and organic particles

Interesting Fact: The picture you see is a "test" or shell of the actual animal.  When the animal is alive it has maroon-colored 000spines that cover the entire shell.

Arrowhead Sand Dollar Other Sites:

The Common Sand Dollar

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