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Biodiversity

During their work, the staff of the Nazca Institute had the opportunity to register in photographs a great variety of sea life. Within this section, a small display of the immense biodiversity found along the Ecuadorian coast is shown here (all the photographs are copyrighted by Nazca Institute for Marine Research):

Ascidiacea (ascidians)

Cnidaria (medusae and polyps)

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  • Unidentified jellyfish
  • Unidentified jellyfish
  • Psammocora stellata
  • Pocillopora sp
  • Tubastrea coccinea
  • Pavona sp
  • Eugorgia sp. (1), Heterogrogia verrucosa (2), Lophogorgia alba (3), Muricea fructicosa (4), Pacifigorgia sp. close-up (5).
  • Unidentified Zoanthid
  • Anthopleura sp. / Pachycerianthus fimbriatus
  • Unidentified anemone.

Crustacea (crustaceans)

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  • Petrolisthes sp
  • Paractaea sulcata
  • Panulirus gracilis
  • Uca spp
  • Ocypode guadichaudii
  • Calcinus exploratory
  • Pollicipes elegans

Echinodermata (echinoderms)

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Mollusca (molluscs)

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  • Chiton stokesii
  • Pleurobranchus areolatus
  • Dolabrifera dolabrifera
  • Cymatium vestitum
  • Cerithidea valida
  • Jenneria pustulata
  • Olivella semistriata
  • Pleuroploca princeps
  • Bursa nana
  • Northia pristis
  • Cantharus gemmatus
  • Chione subimbricata
  • Parapholas sp
  • Crassostrea iridescens
  • Lima pacifica
  • Donax punctatostriatus
  • Donax carinatus

Polychaeta (poliquetos)

Porifera (sponges)

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