Other Marine Invertebrates of Texas

 

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