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Two Monterey CA Critters

Discussion in 'Name that Critter' started by nkw5, Dec 1, 2019.

  1. nkw5

    nkw5 Barracuda

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    Two things I've never seen before. Both were spotted around 10 feet near the shore-side of the pipe at San Carlos that points to the metridium fields.The first is a weight-belt sized creature. It had bright yellow margins both sides. Buddy thought it was dead, but I thought it was burrowing. Second creature is bigger than chitons commonly found in the area. Any thoughts?
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  2. Bigbella

    Bigbella Barracuda

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    The first image doesn't strike me as something alive; or, at least, an burrowing animal. Given its size, it looks more like the blade of some odd alga, than, say, a monstrous flatworm. The second image is a chitin, or the remains of one.If you're surprised by its size, take a look at a gumboot chiton, the size of a football, which are prevalent in the area . . .
     
  3. nkw5

    nkw5 Barracuda

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    Thank you, Bigbella for replying. Someone at REEF Facebook says the ribbon thingee is a nemertean, a worm, and told me the name of the chiton, a stenoplax conspicua. Amazing what you can find and learn from the sea and those who venture into it.
     
  4. Bigbella

    Bigbella Barracuda

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    I have some doubts about that nemertean id. They can certainly be long; but I have certainly not seen one that color or the width of a weight belt . . .
     
  5. lexvil

    lexvil Loggerhead Turtle

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    looks like this?
     
  6. Bigbella

    Bigbella Barracuda

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    Wow, that's the biggest nemertean that I've seen in the area. Just, wow . . . I stand corrected.

    Any species on that? Couldn't find anything remotely that size in Intertidal Inverebrates of California . . .
     
  7. lexvil

    lexvil Loggerhead Turtle

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    I’m not really into the specific names, this was seen about a year ago in the middle reef area, I had never seen one before and posted it on Facebook or here and someone did ID it, just don’t recall what it’s called, saw another near the pipe 2 or 3 months ago. Sorry I can’t be more specific.
     

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