Fig. 1 Closeup of a brain coral (Meandrina).
Fig. 2 Elkhorn coral (Acropori palmata) growing near the reef crest. Note the antler like projections extending to meet the oncoming waves. It prefers rough wave environments.
Fig. 3 The arrow points to a small clump of staghorn coral (Acropora cervicornis) growing behind the reef on the sandy lagoon floor.
Fig. 4 An Atlantic Bubble (Bulla striata) about 3/4" long.
Fig. 5 A marginella, common in the Thalassia flats.
Fig. 6 Tiger Lucine (Codakia), (local Spanish name is "almeja"). There are 5 different genera of these lucine type clams. The Tiger Lucine live in the Thalassia flats in about 2 ft of water. They are edible, but they are hard to dig up out of the rhyzome system of the Thalassia.
Fig. 7 The Flamingo Tongue, sometimes called a "lucky shell", viewed from the bottom. Note the long opening (aperture). This shell is 1" long. It lives associated with soft coral on the reef.
Fig. 8 The Flamingo Tongue as seen from the top. Note the ridge encircling the shell and the faint rectangular pattern on the back.
Fig. 9 The Long-spined Star shell from the side view.
Fig. 10 Long-spined Star shell looking down at the top. It is 1" across long including the spines. The white operculum is locally called the "Eye Stone", refer to the text.
Fig. 11 West Indian Turban Shell in a bottom view. Note the deep hole (umbilicus) at the small arrow. This shell is 5/8" across.