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Invertebrate Spotlight: Protulophila Hydroids

It was just announced a couple months ago that researchers in New Zealand found a specimen of the hydroid Protulophila that was previously believed to be extinct for 4 million years.  Before this discovery, these organisms had only been found in fossil records … Continue reading

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Invertebrate Spotlight: Larvaceans

Invertebrate Spotlight: Larvaceans By Michelle Marraffini Invertebrate Zoology Lab Today in the Marine Invertebrate Zoology we learned about one of the most interesting marine animals.  Larvaceans (Class Larvacean) are unique animals in the phylum Chordata along with their close relatives … Continue reading

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Invertebrate Spotlight: Sunflower Star

By Catherine Drake, Invertebrate Zoology Lab One great aspect of being a graduate student in the invertebrate zoology lab at MLML is that we get the chance to take care of various invertebrates in our aquarium room.  Currently, we have … Continue reading

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Invertebrate Spotlight: Christmas Tree Worms

By Catherine Drake, Invertebrate Zoology Lab For those of you vertebrates who still have their holiday decorations up, here is an invertebrate you might enjoy learning about: the Christmas tree worm.  These polychaetes, Spirobranchus giganteus, are tube-building worms that have … Continue reading

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Invertebrate Spotlight: The East Pacific Red Octopus

By Catherine Drake, Invertebrate Zoology Lab The Marine Ecology class recently boarded the our research vessel the Point Sur for a trawling expedition. The plan for this field trip was to run three—one mid-water and two benthic—trawls. The benthic zone … Continue reading

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