Fortunately I was able to manage a fantastic hour at low tide on Sunday morning to keep the show on the road. It was a nice exercise in the variability of annelids. Ironically this was exactly the group I was thinking of as tedious and possibly avoidable. They showed me! My favourite was Cirriformia tentaculata, a spectacularly tentacled worm from under an intertidal rock. It would have been the scaleworm, which is awesome but which I already knew from last year.
|Lepidonotus squamatus - a scale worm|
The Star of the day, literally, was the lovely Small Brittlestar, Amphipholis squamata, of which there were two. This is a very pretty little thing and allegedly bioluminescent. I spent some time trying to see this (naturally!) but to no avail.
And lastly on the way to the coast I wandered briefly into the woods and picked up Chaetosphaerella phaeostroma, which I expected to find somewhere. The spores are good value under the microscope.
So, we keep moving along and the kitched is even almost finished - I hope.
|342||alga||Fucus serratus||Toothed Wrack|
|343||flowering plant||Ficaria verna||Lesser Celandine|
|344||diptera||Phytomyza ranunculi||An agromyzid fly|
|345||lichen||Opegrapha calcarea||A lichen|
|346||lichen||Lecidella asema||A lichen|
|348||*||annelid||Cirriformia tentaculata||A marine worm|
|349||annelid||Lepidonotus squamatus||An annelid worm|
|350||*||annelid||Lumbricus rubellus||An earthworm|
|351||annelid||Spirorbis spirorbis||An annelid worm|
|352||bird||Anser anser||Greylag Goose|
|353||bird||Streptopelia decaocto||Collared Dove|
|354||bryozoan||Electra pilosa||A bryozoan|
|355||cnidarian||Actinia equina||Beadlet anemone|
|356||*||echinoderm||Amphipholis squamata||Small Brittlestar|
|357||fungus||Chaetosphaerella phaeostroma||A pyrenomycete|
|358||mollusc||Littorina littorea||Common Periwinkle|