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Fishes and Marine Invertebrates

Patricia Beller, Science Liaison Officer, Biodiversity Research Center of the Californias, San Diego Natural History Museum, researched and wrote all the pages on fishes and marine invertebrates.

We gratefully acknowledge the support of Donald W. Wilkie, Director Emeritus, Scripps Aquarium, who generously devoted a substantial amount of his time to review the descriptions of fishes presented in this field guide. His guidance and counsel greatly improved our work. (Any errors or omissions, however, are entirely our responsibility.)

We also appreciate the following people who contributed to the fish stories:

  • José Luis Arreola, M.S. Project Reef Fauna Fishes of the Bay of La Paz, Universidad Autónoma de Baja California Sur (UABCS)
  • Dr. Timothy Baumgartner, Scripps Institution of Oceanography (SIO), and Centro de Investigación Científica y de Educación Superior de Ensenada, B.C. (CICESE)
  • Dr. Jeff Graham, Birch Aquarium at Scripps, Interim Director (SIO)
  • Larry Lovell, Colllection manager of the Benthic Invertebrate Collection at Scripps Institution of Oceanography (SIO)
  • David C. Powell, Monterey Bay Aquarium, retired
  • Dr. Enric Sala, Scripps Institution of Oceanography (SIO)
  • Dr. Roger Seapy, California State University Fullerton

We especially thank Gini Kellogg and Bob Cranston for the use of their photographs, which supplement images taken from the film, Ocean Oasis, and together add greatly to the species accounts.

Marine Mammals

Linda West, San Diego Natural History Museum webteam, wrote the species accounts with Dr. Thomas Deméré, Curator, Paleontology Department.

We appreciate the following people for allowing us to use their photographs:

    Bob Cranston, Director of Underwater Photography for Ocean Oasis
    Dr. Jon Rebman, Curator, Botany Department, SDNHM
    Dr. Bradford Hollingsworth, Assistant Curator, Herpetology Department, SDNHM
    Pete and Gretchen Pederson, Naturalists with Lindblad Expeditions

Terrestrial Animals

Thanks to .....

    Dr. Bradford Hollingsworth, Assistant Curator, Herpetology Department, SDNHM
    Phillip Unitt, Collection Manager, Birds & Mammals Department, SDNHM
    Scott Tremor, Departmental Associate for Birds & Mammals, SDNHM
    Bill Haas, Research Associate, Herpetology, SDNHM
    Jim Melli, Exhibits Department, SDNHM



Bob Lauri, Botany Department volunteer and student at San Diego State University, researched and wrote the entire plant section of the website, as well as the habitat pages. Dr. Jon Rebman, curator, and Judy Gibson, curatorial assistant, contributed to the writing, and reviewed, edited and the section. Bob searched department collections and museum archives for photographs to illustrate each of the pages. Photographers include:

    Dr. Reid Moran, curator emeritus, SDNHM
    Dr. George Lindsay, former curator and director, SDNHM
    Dr. Jon Rebman, curator, SDNHM


    Dr. Exequiel Ezcurra, Director of the Biodiversity Research Center of the Californias, SDNHM
    Bob Lauri

Review and proofing

Special thanks to Judy Gibson and Margaret Dykens, Director of the Research Library, SDNHM, for their careful review and editing of Field Guide pages and others throughout the site.

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