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Species from the Seaward platform at Heron Island:
Yellow Mesh Star
Nardoa novaecaledoniae
Yellow Mesh Star
Abbie Taylor
Red-throated Ascidian
Herdmania momus
Red-throated Ascidian
Alyssa Budd
Red-eyed Rock Crab
Eriphia sebana
Red-eyed Rock Crab
Andrew Taylor
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
Lacy Tubeworm
Filograna implexa
Lacy Tubeworm
Emma Blacklock
Scaley Turban
Turbo perspeciosus
Scaley Turban
Kirsten Lenske
Gold Ring Cowry
Cypraea annulus
Gold Ring Cowry
Lauren Hughes
Ass
Haliotis asinina
Ass's Ear Abalone
Matthew Hoskin
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
Short-tailed Latirus
Latirus polygonus
Short-tailed Latirus
Shunsuke Sogabe
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
Eroded Cowry
Erosria erosa
Eroded Cowry
Bartholomew Woodham
Common Mushroom Coral
Fungia fungites
Common Mushroom Coral
Benjamin Murphy
Flatworm
Pseudoceros prudhoei
Flatworm
Carolina Del Lama Marques
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

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
Multi-pore Sea Star
Linckia multiflora
Multi-pore Sea Star
Zara King
White-spotted Hermit Crab
Dardanus megistos
White-spotted Hermit Crab
Storm Martin
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

Seaward platform

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The seaward platform is the outer portion of the reef edge that gently slopes and merges with the reef slope. It typically is lacking in loose coral rubble and often has a high amount of living coral cover; other areas are cemented by encrusting coralline algae. On the southern side of Heron Island Reef this zone is exposed to the prevailing southeast swell and dominated by massive and tight-branching corals. On the northside, plate corals are more dominant.



The seaward platform. Photos by Sandie Degnan.