Juvenile Hawaiian Saron shrimp (Saron marmoratus) collected as postlarva, raised in my aquarium and photographed in the studio.
Squid larva feeding on a larval mantis shrimp.
An octopus larva hitches a ride on a leaf on a blackwater dive in the Solomon Islands.
A reef squid on a bonfire dive in the Solomon Islands.
Reef squid in defense posture.
I found a large aggregation of several hundred moon jellyfish in the lee of a small island in open ocean. Moon jellyfish aggregate under favorable (slack current) conditions to reproduce sexually.
Spotted spiny lobster (Panulirus guttatus).
Brain coral (Leptoria phrygia) pattern.
Crown jellyfish (Cephea cephea) on a night dive. Crown jellyfish have a deep groove running around the bell, giving them the crown shape from which they take their name.
Yellow spotted guard crab (Trapezia flavopunctata) collected as postlarva, raised in my aquarium and photographed in the studio.
Flabellina iodinea nudibranch
Pyrosome at night. Pyrosomes are actually free-floating colonial tunicates made up of hundreds to thousands of individuals, known as zooids.
California spiny lobster (Panulirus interruptus)
Dozens of starfish cover a sand bed at Cocos Island.
Crown jellyfish (Cephea cephea) off Oahu, Hawaii. Crown jellyfish have a deep groove running around the bell, giving them the crown shape from which they take their name.
Blue boxer shrimp (Stenopus tenuirostris).
Head on shot of spiny tiger shrimp (Phyllognathia ceratophthalmus).
A pair of harlequin shrimps (Hymenocera elegans) feeding on a starfish (Linkia sp.) in Indonesia.
Harlequin shrimp (Hymenocera elegans) feeding on a sea star (Linkia sp.).
Nudibranch on a tunicate.
Nudibranch (Nembrotha sp.) on a tunicate.
Mating nudibranchs (Nembrotha lineolata).
Two giant basket stars (Astrophyton muricatum) at night.
Juvenile squid schooling at night.
Squid (Cephalapod sp.) under rain drops.
Juvenile banded mantis shrimp (Lysiosquilla maculata) reflecting off the surface on a blackwater dive in Palau.
Reef squid (Cephalapod sp.).
Squid (Cephalapod sp.) at night.
Over under scene of jellyfish under mangroves in Palau.
Two soft corals attached to a giant giant clam (Tridachna gigas) in Palau.
Green-eye dancing shrimp (Cinetorhynchus sp.).
Spider crab (Hyastenus bispinosus) on gorgonian.
Humpback shrimp (Saron sp.).
Emperor shrimp or Imperial shrimp (Periclimenes imperator) lives commensally on a number of hosts, including this sea slug: Hexabranchus.
Crinoid shrimp (Hippolyte catagrapha).
Nudibranch (Chromodoris michaeli).
Head on shot of a shrimp's eyes.
Emperor shrimp (Periclimenes imperator).
Nudibranchs (Chromodoris willani) at night.
Nudibranch (Chromodoris lochi).
Bigfin reef squid (Sepioteuthis lessoniana).
Head on shot of peacock mantis shrimp (Hemisquilla ensigera californiensis) carrying a large clutch of eggs.
Harlequin shrimp (Hymenocera elegans).
Crinoid shrimp (Hippolyte catagrapha)
Saw blade shrimp (Tozeuma armatum) carrying eggs.
Emperor shrimp (Periclimenes imperator) lives commensally on a number of hosts, including this sea slug: Hexabranchus.
Nudibranch (Chromidoris sp.).
Larval squid releasing ink.
Bristle star and crabs on a soft coral.
Crab on a softcoral.
Two bubble coral shrimp (Vir philippinensis) in an anemone.
Fairy crab (Lauriea siagiani).
Two fairy crabs (Lauriea siagiani).
Octopus larva - 9.5 mm TL.
Octopus larva - 9.5 mm TL.
Nudibranch (Nembrotha kubaryana).
Blue-ringed octopus (Hapalochlaena lunulata) juvenile on Halimeda algae.
Nudibranch (Nembrotha purpureolineata).
Mantis shrimp larva - 65.0 mm TL.
Squid larva - 12.6 mm TL.
Chambered nautilus (Nautilus pompilius).
Peacock mantis shrimp (Hemisquilla ensiger).
Head shot of a pelagic shrimp.
Crab megalopa collected in an egg tow.
Collected pink jellyfish (Pelagia species).
Swimming pelagic marine copepod (5.7 mm).
Collected sea swallow (Glaucus atlanticus), a pelagic aeolid nudibranch.
Two-spot lizardfish (Synodus binotatus) with four stages of parasitic isopods.
Barred wire coral shrimp (Pontonides sp.).
Head on shot of painted spiny lobster (P. versicolor).
Collected unidentifed pelagic crustacean larva.
Collected blue pelagic shrimp.
Collected pelagic copepod (Sapphirina sp.) - 4.5 mm TL.
Crab larva hitching a ride inside ctenophore.
Giant marine hermit crab (Petrochirus diogenes ) on a wreck in the Bahamas.
Lobster larva near settlement.
Reef Squid (Sepioteuthis sp.). Like all cephalopods, squid have a distinct head, bilateral symmetry, a mantle, and eight arms. There are around 300 species of squid.
Chromodoris kuniei nudibranch.
A reef squid (Sepioteuthis sp.) in full irridescence. Cephalopods create this amazing camouflage using specialized color changing cells (chromatophores) and reflecting cells (iridocytes) in the skin.
A bright orange bristle star on a soft coral.
Emperor shrimp (Periclimenes imperator) on a sea cucumber.
Crinoid squat lobster (Allogalathea elegans).
Anenome shrimp (Periclemens sp.).
Yellow crinoid shrimp.
Common octopus (Octopus vulgaris) out and about on a colorful reef.
Anemone hermit crab (Dardanus pedunculatus).
Blue starfish and soft coral reef scene.
Nudibranch (Chromodoris willani).
Soft coral crab (Hoplophrys oatesi).
Crab close up.
Odd looking donald duck shrimp (Leander plumosus) on a coral.
Crab on dendronephthya soft coral.
Nudibranch (Flabellina sp.).
Juvenile octopus reflects off the surface (Octopus sp.) in Papua New Guinea.
A sea cucumber (Holothuroidea sp.) extends off the reef and releases gametes in the current.
A spotted spiny lobster (Panulirus guttatus).
Saron shrimp (Saron marmoratus). Saron shrimps are quite variable in color and pattern. They may have greenish, brown, or even red, purple or blue markings. Ambon, Indonesia.
A swimming bristle worm at night.
Bird's eye view of painted spiny lobster (Panulirus vesicolor).
An emperor shrimp (Periclimenes imperator ) on a serpentine sea cucumber.
Squat lobster in a crinoid.
A mantis shrimp (Odontodactylus scyllarus) peers out of its den.
A flamboyant cuttlefish (Metasepia pfefferi) lifts off from the muck in search of food.
Squat lobster on a sponge. These decapod crustaceans are not lobsters at all, but are more closely related to porcelain crabs, hermit crabs and then, more distantly, true crabs. Halmahera, Indonesia.
Porcelain anemone crab (Neopetrolisthes maculosus) on a carpet anemone.
A close-up of the of the red pencil urchin's (Heterocentrotus mammillatus) spines and skeleton (test).
Anenome shrimp (Periclemenes sp.).
A spotted cleaner shrimp (Periclimenes yucatanicus) in a pink-tipped anemone.
A banded coral shrimp (Stenopus hispidus) it the Bahamas.
A cuttlefish (Sepia officinalis) at dusk.
A crinoid (Crinoid sp) looking stylish at night.
Atlantic triton's trumpet (Charonia variegata) feeding on a cushion sea star (Oreaster reticulatus). Sea stars are the triton’s primary prey item. A trumpet snail paralizes its prey with an injection of toxic saliva, and then bores through the body with its strong teeth. Adult trumpets are heavily collected for their beautiful shells, which has allowed sea star populations to proliferate in recent years.