Deepsea Coral and Sponge Image Database

Example of map viewThe Habitat Ecology Team has initiated a research program to assess deep-sea coral communities associated with fisheries habitats off California. We are asking for your expert opinion on the identification of some of the animals in images from our 2010 Deep-sea Coral and Sponge cruises. Your input is critical to the ongoing development of this database. Please use the instructions below to navigate the image database, view images, and offer comments.

Access the image database:

http://tables.googlelabs.com/DataSource?dsrcid=276901

Changing the view:

Data can be viewed in either table or map format. To change from one view to another go to Visualize on the tool bar and select a format.

In Map view, click on the Satellite button for a background map of bathymetry. Select a point to view the image at that location.

Looking for a specific image:

- Click on View in the tool bar and select Filter
- Leave Photo ID in the first pull-down box
- Select contains ignoring case for the second box
- Type what you are looking for in the third box and click apply
- Or: click the desired term in the list below

Words to search:

Acesta
Anthomastus
Antipathes
Asbestopluma
Aurora (rockfish)
Bank (rockfish)
Blackgill (rockfish)
Brisingid
Brittlestar
Bryozoan
Catshark
Clavularia
Cloud_sponge
Collection (view images of collected organisms)
Coral
Crab
Cucumber
Darkblotch (rockfish)
Deepsea_sole
Desmo (Desmophyllum)
Dogshark
Dover_sole
Dromalia
Grenadier
Fish
Hagfish
Helvo (Sebastes helvomaculatus, rockfish)

Longnose_skate
Lophelia
Nudibranch
Palm_frond (sponge)
Paragorgiidae
Parastenella
Pipe_organ (sponge)
Poacher
Primnoa
Primnoidae
Rkfish (rockfish)
Sculpin
Seapen
Seastar
Snailfish
Splitnose (rockfish)
Sponge
Stomus (Sebastomus rockfish)
Swiftia
Thornyhead
Torpedo_ray
Tunicate
Umbellula
Urchin
Worm
Zoanthid

Viewing larger images:

To view larger images, right-click on the image within the database and select view image.

Viewing SEM images of collected sponges:

Sponges collected on these cruises were sent to taxonomic experts for further identification. It is likely that new species and even a new subgenus will be discovered. High resolution scanning electron microscopy has been conducted by James Weaver (Harvard Medical School) on 12 specimens of sponges in the two classes; Demospongiae and Hexactinellida. View these lovely images: http://www.lovelab.id.ucsb.edu/coralsThe previous link is a link to Non-Federal government web site. Click to review NOAA Fisheries disclaimer

Determining size:

In many of the images you can see two red laser dots. These dots are 20 cm apart and can be used to determine the size of organisms and objects in the images.

Commenting:

Please share your thoughts or expert opinion by clicking on any of the conversation bubbles that pertain to a particular image.

Sign in to your Google account to make comments. If you do not have a Google account, you will need to create one.

Click on the Discussions button at the top of the page to add a general comment.

There is an option to be notified when any new comments, news, or species identification updates are made. If you are interested in these updates please be sure to select that option.

Using our images:

If you use one of our images, please credit NOAA_NMFS_CRCP and link to this page: /DeepseaCoralImageDatabase

Some images from the database

Contact: SWFSC Fisheries Ecology Division, Habitat Ecology Team

Last modified: 12/24/2014