Cenolia novaezealandiae  (A.H. Clark, 1918)
       
     
Galeolaria hystrix Mörch, 1863
       
     
Unidentified species of colonial tunicate
       
     
Unidentified species of colonial tunicate
       
     
Skeleton shrimp - Caprellidae sp
       
     
Cricophorus nutrix (Stuckey, 1909)
       
     
Leucosolenia asconoides (Carter, 1886)
       
     
Sabellidae sp
       
     
Common octopus - Pinnoctopus cordiformis Quoy and Gaimard, 1832.
       
     
Hydroidoa sp
       
     
Ovalipes catharus  (White, 1843)
       
     
Yellow zoanthid anemone - Parazoanthus elongatus McMurrich, 1904
       
     
Corynactis viridis Allman, 1846
       
     
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Cenolia novaezealandiae  (A.H. Clark, 1918)
       
     
Cenolia novaezealandiae (A.H. Clark, 1918)

Poor Knights Islands, May 2013 - 1/180 sec at f/6.7 - Canon 40D - EF100mm f/2.8 Macro.

Tip of a feather star.

Galeolaria hystrix Mörch, 1863
       
     
Galeolaria hystrix Mörch, 1863

Perano Shoal, Marlborough Sounds, New Zealand, Nov 2014 - 1/180 sec at f/8.0 - Canon 40D - EF100mm f/2.8 Macro.

The photo of this polychaete worm was taken on a very rare habitat in the Marlborough Sounds. Thousands of these worms form a reef on which a diversified set of species can strive. The animal lives in a calcareous tube while spreading its mouth appendages that can be seen on the photo to filter the water for preys.

Unidentified species of colonial tunicate
       
     
Unidentified species of colonial tunicate

Poor Knights Islands, April 2012 - 1/180 sec at f/16 - Canon 40D - EF100mm f/2.8 Macro.

Sea squirt in a setting of matching sponge.

Unidentified species of colonial tunicate
       
     
Unidentified species of colonial tunicate

Poor Knights Islands, April 2012 - 1/180 sec at f/16 - Canon 40D - EF100mm f/2.8 Macro.

Skeleton shrimp - Caprellidae sp
       
     
Skeleton shrimp - Caprellidae sp

Poor Knights Islands, April 2012 - 1/180 sec at f/13 - Canon 40D - EF100mm f/2.8 Macro.

Probably a new, still undescribed species of skeleton shrimp, attached to a colony of bryozoan. Size of the animal is about 20mm.

Cricophorus nutrix (Stuckey, 1909)
       
     
Cricophorus nutrix (Stuckey, 1909)

Taputeranga Marine Reserve, Wellington, New Zealand, June 2010 - 1/180 sec at f/16 - Canon 40D - EF100mm f/2.8 Macro.

This sea anemone species is always found living attached to kelp seaweeds like Cystophora, Carpophyllum or Lessonia.

Leucosolenia asconoides (Carter, 1886)
       
     
Leucosolenia asconoides (Carter, 1886)

Poor Knights Islands, April 2012 - 1/180 sec at f/19 - Canon 40D - EF100mm f/2.8 Macro.

This sponge species is a member of the calcareous sponges, one of the two main groups of world sponges. They are characterized by a skeleton made of very thin calcareous spicules. You can be observe them on this photo.

Sabellidae sp
       
     
Sabellidae sp

Poor Knights Islands, April 2012 - 1/180 sec at f/16 - Canon 40D - EF100mm f/2.8 Macro.

Common octopus - Pinnoctopus cordiformis Quoy and Gaimard, 1832.
       
     
Common octopus - Pinnoctopus cordiformis Quoy and Gaimard, 1832.

Taputeranga Marine Reserve, Wellington, New Zealand, Oct 2010 - 1/180 sec at f/13 - Canon 40D - EF100mm f/2.8 Macro.

Close shot of the eye of a common octopus.

Hydroidoa sp
       
     
Hydroidoa sp

Raoul Island, Kermadecs, May 2011 - 1/180 sec at f/9.5 - Canon 40D - EF100mm f/2.8 Macro.

Hydroids are colonial animals associated to sea anemone, jelly fish or even corals (Cnidaria). This species probably belongs to the Aglaophenidae.

Ovalipes catharus  (White, 1843)
       
     
Ovalipes catharus (White, 1843)

Wellington, Aug 2010 - 1/180 sec at f/13 - Canon 40D - EF100mm f/2.8 Macro.

Barely visible, this species of paddle crab is typical of sandy bottoms.

Yellow zoanthid anemone - Parazoanthus elongatus McMurrich, 1904
       
     
Yellow zoanthid anemone - Parazoanthus elongatus McMurrich, 1904

Poor Knights Islands, April 2010 - 1/180 sec at f/13 - Canon 40D - EF60mm f/2.8 Macro.

Corynactis viridis Allman, 1846
       
     
Corynactis viridis Allman, 1846

Poor Knights Islands, April 2013 - 1/180 sec at f/11 - Canon 40D - EF60mm f/2.8 Macro.

Jewel sea anemone in a setting of colonial tunicate.

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