“Holidays Under the Sea”

Written by on December 25, 2012 in Marine Life
Christmas tree worms.

Christmas tree worms. Photo credit: NOAA.

Over the past few weeks, we’ve found some great information about holiday-themed ocean creatures. Below are some links to different sites that created posts about “Holidays Under the Sea.”

Ocean Portal’s “Happy Holidays from the Ocean
This is a wonderful slideshow of ocean creatures–from Christmas Tree Worms to Icefish.

Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary’s “12 Days of Fishmas
They aren’t holiday-themed ocean creatures, but this great image shows some of the diversity found in the Sanctuary.

Florida Marine Science Educators Association’s “Holidays Under the Sea
FMSEA has put together a slideshow of all the holiday-themed ocean creatures they could think of. Some are obvious, like the angelfish or the candy cane basslet; others are a bit more of a stretch, like the skate or the ribbon fish. You can find the power point by clicking on the link, or read the list of species below.


Angelfish. Photo credit: NOAA.

Acartia clausi (common coastal calanoid copepod)
Angel shark (Squatina squatina)
Angelfish (family- Pomacanthidae)
Bearded seal (Erignathus barbatus)
Brittle star (Ophiolepis superba)
Candlefish (Thaleichthys pacificus)
Candy cane basslet
Candy cane prawn goby (Stonogobiops nematodes)
Candy cane shrimp (Ligur uveae)
Chinese mitten crab (Eriocheir sinensis)
Christmas anemone (Urticina crassicornis)
Christmas goby (Synchiropus splendidus)
Christmas Island crab (Gecarcoidea natalis)
Christmas Island iwa (frigatebird)
Christmas tree worms (Spirobranchus giganteus)
Christmas wrasse (Thalassoma trilobatum)
Cookie cutter shark (Isistius brasiliensis)
Cookie star (Ceramaster patagonicus)
Crystal jelly (Aequorea victoria)
Decorator crab (Naxia tumida)
Harp seal (Pagophilus groenlandicus)
Humbug damselfish (Dascyllus aruanus)
Ice fish (sub order- Notothenioidei)
Ice worms (Mesenchytraeus sp.)
Jingle shells (Anomia simplex)
Marine snow
Mermaid’s wine glass (alga)
Peppermint angelfish (Centyropyge boylei)
Pinecone fish (Monocentridae sp.)
Red drum (Sciaenops ocellatus)
Ribbon fish (family Trachipteridae)
Ribbon worms (phylum Nemertea)
Sea angels (clade Gymnosomata)
Sea star (class Asteroidea)
Shepard’s Beaked Whale (Tasmacetus shepherdi)
Skate (superorder Batoidea)
Snow crab
Snow Petrel (Pagodroma nivea)
Snowflake moray (Echidna nebulosa)
Snow-goddess nudibranch (Glossodoris poliahu)
Snowy grouper (Epinephelus niveatus)
Star coral (Montastraea cavernosa)
Star Puffer (Arothron stellatus)
Star shell (Guildfordia yoka)
Stareye hatchet fish (Polyipnus clarus)
Stareye hermit crab (Dardanus venosus)
Stareye lightfish (Pollichthys mauli)
Star Puffer (Arothron stellatus)
Stareye Parrotfish (Calotomus carolinus)
Starry flounder (Platichthys stellatus)
Starry smooth hound (Mustelus asterias)
Thorny tinsel fish (Grammicolepis brachiusculus)
Tinsel squirrel fish (Sargocentron suborbitalis)
Trumpetfish (Aulostomus maculatus)
Winter flounder (Pseudopleuronectes americanus)

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About the Author

About the Author: Emily Tripp is the Publisher and Editor of MarineScienceToday.com. She holds marine science and biology degrees from the University of Miami's Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science and a Master of Advanced Studies degree in Marine Biodiversity and Conservation from Scripps Institution of Oceanography. When she's not writing about marine science, she's probably running around outside or playing with her dog. .


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