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NOAA Photo Library Image - expl8383

Many different species of invertebrates live together on the steep canyon walls of the Mid-Atlantic continental slope. Here an octopus, sea star, bivalves, and dozens of cup corals all share the same overhang. The cup corals are Desmophyllum, one of the species targeted by geneticists for taxonomic study.

Image ID: expl8383, Voyage To Inner Space - Exploring the Seas With NOAA Collect
Photo Date: 2013 May 13
Credit: Deepwater Canyons 2013 -Pathways to the Abyss, NOAA-OER/BOEM/USGS

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