Identification Guide to Marine
Organisms of Texas

 

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The web site is expandable and will constantly be updated as new species, photographs, and other content become available.

 

Date What's New
September 19, 2017 Added weird gafftop to the odd section.
July 25, 2017 Added the sharpnose sevengill shark.
July 10, 2017 Added more photos of longtail bass, tomtate, blue runner, and Australian spotted jellyfish.
June 06, 2017 Added batman fish and abnormal claw to odd section. Added Beneden's sea cucumber and a couple of more pics to invertebrate section.
November 17, 2016 Added 25 new species to the fish weight estimator section.
October 27, 2016 Added the black pomfret and the gar with 2 1/2 jaws (odd section).
September 27, 2016 Added photo of a trout with 2 mouths to "odd" section.
August 31, 2016 Updated PDF for invertebrates (added 11 species and fixed broken links). Separated the echinoderm families at bit.
August 17, 2016 Added photo of odd seatrout to odd and interesting section. Fixed some typos.
July 21, 2016 Added photo of a mottled stingray to the odd and interesting section.
June 27, 2016 Added pictures to misty grouper and the vegetation common hornwort.
May 19, 2016 Add the Florida smoothhound (shark) and the rosette-scaled brittle star. Added marine leeches family page. Reorganize razor clam families. Added 5 starfish terms to the invertebrate glossary.
March 24, 2016 Added new category "Odd and Interesting". Added photos to mushroom jellyfish. Changed discription and added photos to fat sleeper.
March 04, 2016 Added the bristled river shrimp, a marine leech and the minor razor clam. Added photos to the yellow box crab on 1 photo to the spotted porcelain crab.
November 30, 2015 Added the king snake eel and wahoo. Added photos to tilefish and tarpon.
November 03, 2015 Added picture to Bermuda chub and finetooth shark.
October 27, 2015 Reworded the bag limits on red drum to indicate that it's possible to use the red drum tag and the bonus red drum tag at the same time.
September 11, 2015 Added the Asian tiger shrimp. Added photos to the rainwater killifish and the red lionfish.
September 02, 2015 Added the silk snapper. Added the salt marsh mud crab. Added pictures to the marbled grouper, Warsaw grouper, greater amberjack, sergeant major, Florida rocksnail, goose barnacle. Added whale bones to the beachcombing section.
August 21, 2015 Added picture to striped mullet.
August 17, 2015 Add one picture to black driftfish and several to the lemon shark.
August 11, 2015 Added spinner and lemon sharks. Added bottles and black drum skull to beachcombing section. Added 2 photos to Atlantic ghost crab.
July 17, 2015 Added blue angelfish, French angelfish, spotfin butterflyfish, banded rudderfish, red lionfish, and the bivalve Matagorda macoma. Added pictures to common carp (a juvenile), lady-in-waiting venus, and Atlantic kitten's paw.
June 05, 2015 Add the bigeye tuna and the scamp grouper.
May 06, 2015 Added the mole crab (Lepidopa benedicti) and the thorn isopod.
February 20, 2015 Added the sea slug (gastropod) Cerberilla tanna.
December 29, 2014 Added the spiral-tufted bushy bryozoan (invertebrate).
November 20, 2014 Added the sergeant major to the fishes.
November 13, 2014 Replaced pictures of Caribbean corbula (bivalve). Original pictures were misidentified.
November 05, 2014 Added the nudibranch (gastropod) western dondice. Added the tilefish. Added the term ceras to the invertebrate glossary.
October 21, 2014 Added the Mexican flounder.
October 20, 2014 Added red mangrove seed to beachcombing. Replaced sauerkraut bryozoan pics with more appropriate pics.
September 05, 2014 Added pictures to shouldered pearwhelk. Add pdf file for fishes.
August 27, 2014 Added pictures of male gulf pipefish eggs in brood pouch.
August 26, 2014 Added photos to the shoal flounder and turtlegrass.
July 21, 2014 Added the squareback marsh crab. Added pics to the well-ribbed dovesnail. Fixed some broken links.
June 26, 2014 Corrected an error. The stone crab's scientific name is Menippe adina, not Mercenaria adina. Added pictures to the sargassum crab.
June 17, 2014 Added 2 new fishes: the coded goby and the pink wormfish. Added 7 new mollusks: Fargo's wormsnail, fragile surf clam, egg cockle, slender tusk shell (a scaphopod), rose-petal tellin, short macoma, elongate macoma. Added 1 crab: the giant hermit. Added pic
February 20, 2014 Added new photos to crevalle jack, mojarras, sharks teeth and alligators. Added the mammee apple and mora to beachcombing seeds and fruits page. Updated the shark family page to include nurse sharks.
January 31, 2014 Changed the ID of the longspine scorpionfish to highfin scorpionfish. Added pictures to striped burrfish.
January 22, 2014 Added drupe, drupelet, nut and legume to the vegetation glossary. Fixed a problem with the glossary popups.
January 06, 2013 Add the comb bittersweet (clam) and the invertebrate family Glycymerididae.
January 03, 2014 Added the coastal mud shrimp. Added these sea shells: eared ark, turkey wing, smooth flame scallop, egg cockle, green jackknife clam, digitate thorny oyster, true tulip, gray Atlantic auger, four-tooth nerite, roostertail conch, hawkwing conch, measled co
December 16, 2013 Changed the identification of the sea bean labeled as "anchovy pear?" in the beachcombing section to the "butternut".
December 02, 2013 Added a new section on beachcombing.
October 18, 2013 Added photos to the vegetations, sea purslane and Carolina wolfberry.
October 17, 2013 Added new fish, the twospot flounder.
September 09, 2013 Added new fish, the blacktail moray. Added pictures to the Cuban dogfish and cobia and 1 to the Australian spotted jellyfish.
September 03, 2013 Added nurse shark and the gastropod Salle's auger. Added pictures taken at TPWD's Sea Center in Lake Jackson: species include the fat snook, tarpon, southern flounder, Atlantic spadefish, black jack, cobia, Florida pompano, sheepshead, bonnethead shark, s
July 29, 2013 Deleted mangrove periwinkle. Pictures now under marsh periwinkle.
July 28, 2013 Added new fish, the leopard searobin. Added new gastropods Marylee's auger and mottled sea hare. Added the ram's horn squid, the sea whip, and the two-spined sea star. Added pictures to the banded brittle star, the lightning whelk, the dotterel filefish,
May 17, 2013 Added new invertebrate, the pleated sea squirt. Changed the common name of the sea squirt, M. manhattensis, to sea grape.
May 08, 2013 Changed the common name stippled spoon-nose eel to snapper eel.
April 26, 2013 Added 2 new corals: hidden cup coral and diffuse ivory bush coral. Added 1 new red algae, Grateloupia finicina. Added "pinnate" to vegetation glossary. Added more descriptions to hard coral families. Added Fistulariidae to the fish family key.
April 19, 2013 Added 2 new fishes: the violet goby and the red cornetfish. Added new fish family, Fistulariidae. Added a few photos to the green goby.
April 01, 2013 Added new species, the mushroom jellyfish. Added photos to the nudibranch, the Brazilian armina.

 

 



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