Deep-Sea Animal Guide
Welcome to HURL's Benthic Deepwater Animal Identification Guide, a collection of in situ from Makali‘i, Pisces IV, and Pisces V submersible dives as well as remotely operated vehicle (ROV) dives. The guide is intended to share animal identifications from previous exploration work. Identifications have been updated on a periodic basis as taxonomic revisions have been made. Taxonomic revisions are particularly common for deepwater animals, which are poorly known; therefore, we expect routine updates to continue to occur.
The guide is organized by taxonomic groups and identifications were made with assistance from taxonomic experts who specialize in deepwater animals. Each image includes an image header that consists of a colored square to indicate the depth at which the image was taken (see depth key below), a code for the ocean and region where the image was taken (see region key below), animal's species/genus name, and a series of letters and numbers which correspond to the dive where the image was captured. Additional information about the animal is located below the image. You can download the entire guide here.
Please cite this animal guide in the following manner:
University of Hawai‘i Undersea Research Laboratory (HURL) Deep-sea Animal Identification Guide. Available from http://www.soest.hawaii.edu/
Each image is tagged with a color square that provides a general indication of the depth the image was taken. Click on image to open in new window for reference.
Each image is tagged with a region square that provides a general indication of the ocean basin and region where the image was taken. Click on image to open in new window for reference.
Additional Deep-Sea Animal Guides:
HURL is grateful for all of the help it has received from the following individuals and organizations that contributed to this effort:
Animal Guide Online Development:
Mr. Robert Moffitt - NOAA Fisheries
Dr. Robert Van Syoc - California Academy of Sciences
Dr. Kareen Schnabel - NIWA, New Zealand
Mr. Bruce Mundy - NOAA Fisheries
Dr. Hsuan-Ching Ho - National Museum of Marine Biology & Aquarium, Taiwan
Dr. Tomio Iwamoto - California Academy of Sciences
Dr. John McCosker - California Academy of Sciences
Dr. Dan Cohen - California Academy of Sciences
Dr. John Randall - Bishop Museum
Dr. Steven Cairns - Smithsonian Institution
Dr. Daphne Fautin - University of Kansas
Dr. Scott France - University of Louisiana at Lafayette
Dr. Tina Molodsova - P.P. Shirshov Institute of Oceanology
Dr. Dennis Opresko - Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Dr. Daniel Wagner - University of Hawai‘i, PMNM
Dr. Les Watling - University of Hawai‘i
Dr. Gary Williams - California Academy of Science
Dr. Andrey Gebruk - Russian Academy of Sciences
Dr. Christopher Mah - Smithsonian Institution
Dr. Charles Messing - Nova Southeastern University
Dr. Rich Mooi - California Academy of Sciences
Dr. Dave Pawson - Smithsonian Institution
Mr. Robert Moffitt - NOAA Fisheries
Dr. Cory Pittman - Honolulu, Hawai‘i
Dr. Janet Voight - The Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago
Dr. Richard Young - University of Hawai‘i
Dr. Henry Reiswig - University of Victoria, Vancouver
Dr. Rob Van Soest - Naturalis Biodiversity Center
Dr. Klaus Ruetzler - Smithsonian Institution
Dr. Konstantin Tabacknick- P.P. Shirshov Institute of Oceanology
Dr. Allen Collins - Smithsonian Institution
Dr. Martin Dohrmann - Smithsonian Institution
HURL is also appreciative of Virginia Moriwake, Sarah Bingo, and Meagan Putts, University of Hawaii, for assisting Dr. Christopher Kelley in the significant amount of work involved in assembling this guide.
If you find any errors in the identifications, please email Meagan Putts.