Our goal is to document as many species as possible, from as many places as possible. We are, though, specifically interested in a handful of species and groups. These 'most wanted species' are introduced species, species for which we have limited data on their ranges, species whose ranges are affected by changing oceanic conditions and habitat modification, and species that are affected by emerging diseases,
Always remember to follow the tidepooling best practices for your safety and the protection of seaweeds and animals:
- Never remove any animals or seaweeds.
- Take care to step on bare rock wherever possible.
- Never move animals from place to place.
- Never 'roll' rocks.
Snapshot Cal Coast 2019 Most Wanted Species:
We have put together a "most wanted list" based on our own questions and in consultation with others in the scientific community, California Coastal Commission, and California Department of Fish and Wildlife.
Click on a species name to see the existing observations of each species in California on iNaturalist.
Most Wanted Species
1. Species of Puff Ball Alage Colpomenia spp.
2. The introduced red bryozoan, Watersipora spp.
3. The rockweed species, Hesperophycus californicus
4. European Green Crabs, Carcinus maenas
5. The Dark Unicorn Snail, Mexacanthina lugubris
Look for and document as many species in each of these groups are you can, plus all the other species you can find!
- Shelled mollusks
- Sea slugs
- Sea stars