Plants & Invertebrates
AUSTRALASIAN Temperate Ocean

The algae, plants and invertebrates of Australasian temperate oceans and seas...

Kingdom Chromista


Class Phaeophyceae: Brown Algae


Order Laminariales: Kelps


Family Lessoniaceae 

(Rottnest Island)

Ecklonia radiata, 'Common/Spiny Kelp'.  Can form dense underwater forests. Found from shallow waters down to 25 metres. Widespread in temperate waters of southern hemisphere.

Kingdom Plantae


Order Asimatales


Family Poisidoniaceae

(Rottnest Island)

Posidonia sp. 'Strapweed'. A group of seagrass with a disjunct distribution; they are found in the Mediterranean and in southern Australian waters.

Kingdom Animalia


Phylum Cnidaria: Corals and Sea Jellies


Order Antipatharia: Black Corals

Milford-Sound-Underwater-Observatory-black-coral(Milford Sound Underwater Observatory, New Zealand)

Antipathella (previously Antipathes) fiordensis, 'Black Coral'.

Phylum Annelida


Class Polychaeta


Order Sabellida

Milford-Sound-Underwater-Observatory-tubes(Milford Sound Underwater Observatory, New Zealand)

Protula sp. 'Marine Polychaete Worm' 

Phylum Echinodermata: 
'Sea Stars', 'Sea Cucumbers' etc


Family Asteriidae

Milford-Sound-Underwater-Observatory-11-armed-seastar(Milford Sound Observatory, New Zealand)

Coscinasterias calamaria, 'Eleven-armed Sea-star'. Found along southern Australia and New Zealand shores. 

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