Marine Biodiversity Center Resources | Natural History Museum of Los Angeles

These white translucent flower-like buds are polyps from a blooming sea fan. Typically mistaken for corals, sea fans are colonies that filter feed and can be several feet high.
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Learn more about Marine Biology

Explore the links below to learn more about the exciting work of Marine Biologists at the Natural History Museum.

Crustacea >

Echinoderms >

Ichthyology >

Malacology >

Invertebrate Paleontology >

Polychaetous Annelids >


Marine Biodiversity Center Resources

• Additional information about the Marine Biodiversity Center and our procedures, protocols, and media are available on our online archive.

• Preservation and Handling Instructions for Vernal Pool Crustaceans  View here 

• Learn more about biodiversity:

Encyclopedia of Earth

International Year of Biodiversity


• Learn about marine invertebrates:

2002. Brusca, Richard, C., and Gary J. Brusca. Invertebrates. 2nd ed. Sinauer Associates, Sunderland, MA.