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Habitats

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Species from the Reef slope at Heron Island:
Yellow Mesh Star
Nardoa novaecaledoniae
Yellow Mesh Star
Abbie Taylor
Red-throated Ascidian
Herdmania momus
Red-throated Ascidian
Alyssa Budd
Small Giant Clam
Tridacna maxima
Small Giant Clam
Boris Laffineur
Tiger Cowry
Cypraea tigris
Tiger Cowry
Chantelle Reid
Christmas Tree Worm
Spirobranchus giganteus
Christmas Tree Worm
Christopher De Martini
Star Ascidian
Botryllus schlosseri
Star Ascidian
Dylan Moffitt
Pincushion Seastar
Culcita novaeguineae
Pincushion Seastar
Emily Searle
Topshell
Trochus niloticus
Topshell
Emily Smith
Lacy Tubeworm
Filograna implexa
Lacy Tubeworm
Emma Blacklock
Spider Conch
Lambis lambis
Spider Conch
Jarrad Oxley
Scaley Turban
Turbo perspeciosus
Scaley Turban
Kirsten Lenske
Gold Ring Cowry
Cypraea annulus
Gold Ring Cowry
Lauren Hughes
Banded Cleaner Shrimp
Stenopus hispidus
Banded Cleaner Shrimp
Remi Anfosso
Fushsia Flatworm
Pseudoceros ferrugineus
Fushsia Flatworm
Ronan Lynch
Flexible Chiton
Cryptoplax larvaeformis
Flexible Chiton
Samantha Oliver
Watson
Gomophia watsoni
Watson's Seastar
Shan Marshall
Painted Slug
Thuridilla bayeri
Painted Slug
Sirada Oratanachai
Elephant Slug
Scutus antipodes
Elephant Slug
Zachary O'Leary
Finger Coral
Montipora digitata
Finger Coral
Alexandra Nissen
Hood coral
Stylophora pistillata
Hood coral
Alexandria Coughlan
Yellow sea squirt
Phallusia julinea
Yellow sea squirt
Arnault Gauthier
Eroded Cowry
Erosria erosa
Eroded Cowry
Bartholomew Woodham
Common Mushroom Coral
Fungia fungites
Common Mushroom Coral
Benjamin Murphy

Turbellaria (within lobster)

Brandon Meteyard
Flatworm
Pseudoceros prudhoei
Flatworm
Carolina Del Lama Marques
Tropical Spiny Rock Lobster
Panulirus ornatus
Tropical Spiny Rock Lobster
Conor Rath
Luzon Seastar
Echinaster luzonicus
Luzon Seastar
Ellen Jackson

Ophioplocus imbricatus

Emma Ceccato
?Sea squirt
Ascidia glabra
?Sea squirt
Emmanuelle Zoccola

Pyura sp.

Gillian Backhouse
Green Crinoid
Comanthus gisieni
Green Crinoid
Grace Stanton
Organ-Pipe Coral
Tubipora musica
Organ-Pipe Coral
Helena Soares Barros De Oliveira
Burrowing urchin
Echinometra mathaei
Burrowing urchin
Jake Horton
Blue Coral Crab
Trapezia cymodoce
Blue Coral Crab
Jonathon Schwartz

Cypraea (Erronea) xanthodon

Matthew Schmidt
Hump Coral
Porites densa
Hump Coral
Mikhaila Robertson

Myzostoma sp.

Samantha Eady
Benthic ctenophore
Coeloplana agniae
Benthic ctenophore
Sara Guillouzouic
Green Brittle Star
Ophiarachna incrassata
Green Brittle Star
Shannon Duffy
Red Feather Star
Alloeocomatella pectinifera
Red Feather Star
Shuting Jin

Platydoris scabra

Tahsha Say
Black long-spined sea urchin
Diadema savignyl
Black long-spined sea urchin
Tessa Jones
Leach
Botryllus leachi
Leach's Sea Daisy
Ying Ying Chia
Multi-pore Sea Star
Linckia multiflora
Multi-pore Sea Star
Zara King
White-spotted Hermit Crab
Dardanus megistos
White-spotted Hermit Crab
Storm Martin
Wavy Turban
Turbo undulatus
Wavy Turban
Feng Yi Tham
Sea mat Anemone
Palythoa caesia
Sea mat Anemone
Ka Hei Charlotte Chan
Ridged Sponge Crab
Stimdromia lateralis
Ridged Sponge Crab
Cherie Chan
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
Ashy Pink Sea Cucumber
Holothuria fuscocinerea
Ashy Pink Sea Cucumber
Ka Yau Chi

Reef slope

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The reef slope is the subtidal portion of the reef, extending from the reef crest or platform to the inter-reefal floor, which around Heron ranges from 10-25m. The reef slope varies depending on location but is typified by dense coral growth and diversity. In places, the reef is gently sloping, with branching and massive corals dominating. In other areas, the slope forms a steeper spur-and-groove structure that is typified by plate and massive corals. The under-surfaces of coral in the shallow part of the slope (less than 8m) are often populated by the same range of cryptic sessiles that are found on the reef flat and crest (i.e. ascidians, sponges and bryozoans). In the deeper part of the slope the species assemblages tend to change.

Reef slope. Photo by Boris Laffiner.