Other Marine Invertebrates of Texas

 

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Common Name Scientific Name Type Family Thumb
Tricolor anemone Calliactis tricolor anemones Hormathiidae
Warty anemone Bunodosoma cavernatum anemones Actiniidae
Onion anemone Paranthus rapiformis anemones Actinostolidae
Reticulated striped barnacle Balanus reticulatus barnacles (crustacea) Balanidae
Ivory barnacle Balanus eburneus barnacles (crustacea) Balanidae
Goose barnacle Lepas anserifera barnacles (crustacea) Lepadidae
Smooth goose barnacle Lepas anatifera barnacles (crustacea) Lepadidae
Small goose barnacle Lepas pectinata barnacles (crustacea) Lepadidae
Bay barnacle Balanus improvisus barnacles (crustacea) Balanidae
White barnacle Balanus subalbidus barnacles (crustacea) Balanidae
Striped barnacle Balanus amphitrite amphitrite barnacles (crustacea) Balanidae
Giant purple barnacle Megabalanus tintinnabulum barnacles (crustacea) Balanidae
Purple striped barnacle Balanus trigonus barnacles (crustacea) Balanidae
Fragile barnacle Chthamalus fragilis barnacles (crustacea) Chthamalidae
Brittle star Microphiopholis atra brittle stars Amphiuridae
Banded brittle star Hemipholis elongata brittle stars Ophiactidae
Rosette-scaled brittle star Ophiolepis elegans brittle stars Ophiuridae
Alternating bryozoan Amathia alternata bryozoans Vesiculariidae
Sauerkraut bryozoan Zoobotryon verticillatum bryozoans Vesiculariidae
Spiral-tufted bushy bryozoan Bugula nertina bryozoans Bugulidae
Sea walnut Beroe ovata comb jellies Beroidae
Northern cup coral Astrangia poculata corals Rhizangiidae
Hidden cup coral Phyllangia americana corals Caryophylliidae
Diffuse ivory bush coral Oculina diffusa corals Oculinidae
Sea whip Leptogorgia setacea corals Gorgoniidae
Clinging jellyfish Nemopsis bachei hydroids Bougainvilliidae 
By the wind sailor Velella velella hydroids Porpitidae
Portuguese man o' war Physalia physalis hydroids Physaliidae
Many-ribbed jellyfish Rhacostoma atlanticum hydroids Aequoreidae
Mushroom jellyfish Rhopilema verrilli jellyfishes Rhizostomatidae
Cannonball jellyfish Stomolophus meleagris jellyfishes Rhizostomatidae
Purple-striped jellyfish Pelagia noctiluca jellyfishes Pelagiidae
Sea nettle Chrysaora quinquechirrha jellyfishes Pelagiidae
Moon jellyfish Aurelia aurita jellyfishes Ulmaridae 
Australian spotted jellyfish Phyllorhiza punctata jellyfishes Mastigiidae
Sea wasp Chiropsalmus quadrumanus jellyfishes Chiropsalmidae
Ridged slipper lobster Scyllarides nodifer lobsters (crustacea) Scyllaridae
Mantis shrimp Squilla empusa mantis shrimps (crustacea) Squillidae
Offshore mantis shrimp Squilla chydaea mantis shrimps (crustacea) Squillidae
Lesser mantis shrimp Gibbesia neglecta mantis shrimps (crustacea) Squillidae
Dark-banded mantis shrimp Lysiosquilla scabricauda mantis shrimps (crustacea) Lysiosquillidae
Thorn isopod Ancinus depressus marine isopods Ancinidae 
Marine leech Calliobdella vivida marine leeches Piscicolidae
Sand dollar Mellita quinquiesperforata sand dollars Mellitidae
Sea cucumber Allothyone mexicana sea cucumbers Phyllophoridae
Beneden's sea cucumber Protankyra benedeni sea cucumbers Synaptidae
Pipe cleaner sea pen Virgularia presbytes sea pens Virgulariidae
Sea pansy Renilla muelleri sea pens Renillidae
Gray sea star Luidia clathrata starfishes Luidiidae
Two-spined sea star Astropecten duplicatus starfishes Astropectinidae
Sea grape Mogula manhattensis tunicates Mogulidae
Pleated sea squirt Styela plicata tunicates Styelidae
Common clam worm Alitta succinea worms, marine (polychaetes) Nereididae