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Habitats

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Species from the Inter-reefal zone at Heron Island:
Copepod
Temora turbinata
Copepod
Lachlan Noble
Arrow Worms
Sagitta tasmanicaÿ(and other chaetognaths)
Arrow Worms
Michael Le Roux

Cymodoce pelsarti

Amelia Armstrong

Creseis acicula

Serena Burnett
Sea mat Anemone
Palythoa caesia
Sea mat Anemone
Ka Hei Charlotte Chan
Persian Carpet Flatworm
Pseudobiceros bedfordi
Persian Carpet Flatworm
Kay Yin Tan
Salp
Thalia Democratica
Salp
Brook Anderson
Pontiniine Shrimp of the Black Lipped Pearl Oyster
Conchodytes biunguiculatus
Pontiniine Shrimp of the Black Lipped Pearl Oyster
Alistair Lavers
Colonial Sea Squirt
Ecteinascidia diaphanis
Colonial Sea Squirt
Victoria Dewar-Fowler

Diphyes sp.

Alicia Whillier
Rosy nudibranch
Marianina rosea
Rosy nudibranch
Elisha Simpson

Sycon ciliatum

Srishunbagasundaran Bathmanathan
Alexanders Sea Urchin
Temnopleurus alexandri
Alexanders Sea Urchin
Monique Parisi
Floral egg crab, Shawl crab
Atergatis floridus
Floral egg crab, Shawl crab
Takuhiro Yamada
Order Leptothecata
Kirchenpaueria spp
Order Leptothecata
Anjali Rangnekar
Entoprocta
Pedicellinidae
Entoprocta
Maria Russo Mafra Machado
Collector Urchin
Tripneustes gratilla
Collector Urchin
Stephanie Lyon
dark blue sponge
Niphites sp.
dark blue sponge
Nicholas Holz
Spider crab, Decorator crab
Menaethius monoceros
Spider crab, Decorator crab
Chi Chiu Lo
Ribbon Worm
Lineus spp
Ribbon Worm
Nicole Westbrook

Inter-reefal zone

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The inter-reefal zone is area between individual reefs and accounts for 95% of the total area of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. Although biodiverse, the benthic communities in this region have not been extensively studied. In this course, we currently restrict our study of invertebrates to surface plankton.

A photo of Heron Island from the inter-reefal channel between Heron Island and Wistari Reefs.