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Anemones and corals belong to Class Anthozoa (Phylum Cnidaria). Though not common at Axial, a few different species (currently
HD Video Clips of crabs, squat lobster, shrimp and sea spiders.
Axial Seamount on the Juan de Fuca spreading center is the most magmatically robust volcano on the ridge, having erupted in 1998 and most recently in April 2011.
Several species of bony fish have been documented at Axial. Scroll down to learn of several of these fish, of which the Rattail
Brittle stars belong to Class Ophiuroidea (Phylum Echinodermata) and have radial symmetry, with five elongate, skinny arms extending
At Axial Seamount, there are two common species of octopus, and at least one squid. These taxa all belong to Phylum Mollusca, C
Colonial ciliates are single celled organisms, members of Kingdom Protista. Blue Ciliates (Folli
HD Video of colonial blue ciliates on hydrothermal vents at Axial Seamount.
HD Video of jellyfish, anemones and coral at Axial Seamount.
Spider Crabs and Squat Lobsters (Phylum Arthropoda, Subphylum Crustacea) are fairly common at Axial Seamount.
Seastars (Class Asteroidea), brittle stars (Class Ophiuroidea), urchins (Class Echinoidea), and sea cucumbers (Class Holothuroidea) all belong t
HD Video of seastars, brittle stars, sea cucumbers, and urchins on Axial Seamount.
HD Video of bony and cartilaginous fish at Axial Seamount.
Jellyfish belong to Class Scyphozoa (Phylum Cnidaria) and are quite common at Axial. Several have been photographed and videota
The most common type of marine snail (Phylum Mollusca, Class Gastropoda) at Axial is a Limpet, one of the primary organisms that inhabits the
HD Video of limpets, snails, octupuses and squid at Axial Seamount.
Tubeworms, palm worms and scale worms (Phylum Annelida, Class Polychaeta) are all common on hydrothermal vents at Axial Se
HD Video of Tube worms, palm worms and scaleworms on hydrothermal vents at Axial Seamount.
Salps are planktonic Tunicates, and are in Phylum Chordata along with fish and all vertebrate animals! They move by pumping water thr
HD Video of salps at Axial Seamount.
Scaleworms are flat-bodied, segmented Polychaetes that are very commonly observed roaming through tube worms and ciliate colonies on hydrothermal vents at Axial Seamount.
Class Holothuria consists of the somewhat humorous Sea Cucumbers. Deep Sea Cucumber (Pannychia moseleyi
Sea Spiders belong to Class Pycnogonida (Phylum Arthropoda). One species is very common on hydrothermal vents at Axial Seamount
Sea Urchins belong to Class Echinoidea (Phylum Echinodermata)
Two unknown species of seastars (Phylum Echinodermata, Class Asteroidea) have been photographed at Axial. U
Ridgeia Tubeworm (Ridgeia piscesae)