Other Marine Invertebrates of Texas

 

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