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Smithsonian Sant Ocean Hall Collections

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The Sant Ocean Hall is an exhibit on the first floor of Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Natural History, in Washington, DC. It provides visitors with a unique and breathtaking introduction to the majesty of the ocean. The hall's combination of 674 marine specimens and models, high-definition video, and the newest technology allows visitors to explore the ocean's past, present, and future.

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    Glyptonotus antarcticus

    Isopod

    Model located in the Southern Ocean section of the Poles Apart exhibit under the caption “How They Survive in the Deep Freeze.”

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    Gnathostomulida

    Jaw Worms

    Photograph located in the Biodiversity section of the Entry Experience exhibit in Case #3 on the right side in the size display under the caption “How Big are Most Ocean Animals?"

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    Gorgonia ventalina

    Purple Sea Fan

    Specimen located in the Biodiversity section of the Entry Experience exhibit in Case #3 on the left side in the display on habitat under the caption “As the Ocean Floor Varies, So Do Its Inhabitants."

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    Gorgonocephalus eucnemis

    Basket Star

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    Greeffiella

    Roundworm

    Photograph located in the Biodiversity section of the Entry Experience exhibit in Case #3 on the right side in the display on size under the caption “How Big are Most Ocean Animals?"

  • Guntherus altivela

    Highfin Tadpole Fish

    Specimen located in the Deep Ocean section of the Open Ocean exhibit under the caption "Miles and Miles of Mud."

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    Gymnothorax pictus

    Painted Moray

    Specimen located in the Biodiversity section of the Entry Experience exhibit in Case #1 on the left side in the display on relatedness under the caption “How Different are These Eels?"

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    Gymnothorax rueppelliae

    Banded Moray

    Specimen located in the Biodiversity section of the Entry Experience exhibit in Case #1 on the left side in the display on relatedness under the caption “How Different Are These Eels?"

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    Hallucigenia

    Onycophoran

    Fossil located in the Cambrian Explosion section of the Journey Through Time exhibit under the caption “What Are They?”

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    Halobates

    Sea Skater

    Photograph located in the Biodiversity section of the Entry Experience exhibit in Case #3.

  • Haplophrentis carinatus (Matthew, 1899c)

    Fossil located in the Cambrian Explosion section of the Journey Through Time exhibit under the caption “How Did They Live?”

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    Helicoplacus

    Echinoderm

    Fossil located in the Journey Through Time exhibit in the second center case on the left side, labeled Evolution, under the caption "The First Echinoderms."

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    Helicoprion

    Shark

    Fossil located in the Top Predators section of the Journey Through Time exhibit under the caption “Placoderms.”

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    Heliophora

    Sand Dollar

    Fossil located in the Journey Through Time exhibit in the second center case on the left side, labeled Evolution, under the caption "Modern Echinoderms."

  • Heterokrohnia involucrum

    Arrow Worm

    Photograph located in the Biodiversity section of the Entry Experience exhibit in Case #3 on the right side in the display on size under the caption “How Big are Most Ocean Animals?"

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    Heteroteuthis serventyi

    Bobtail Squid

    Specimen located in a display case of the Collections exhibit under the caption "What's in a Name."

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    Himantolophus albinares

    Football Fish

    Specimen located in the Deep Ocean section of the Open Ocean exhibit under the caption “What Does it Take to Live in the Deep Water Column?”

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    Himantolophus groenlandicus

    Atlantic Footballfish

    Photograph located in the Biodiversity section of the Entry Experience exhibit in Case #1 on the right side in the display on habitat under the caption “Location Matters!"

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    Hippospongia communis

    Common Bath Sponge

    Specimen located in the Biodiversity section of the Entry Experience exhibit in Case #3 on the left side in the display on relatedness under the caption “Looks Can Be Deceiving."

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    Hirundichthys affinis

    Fourwing Flyingfish

    Specimen located in the Ocean Surface section of the Open Ocean exhibit under the caption "Who Lives Near the Sunlit Surface?"

  • Histioteuthis macrohista N. Voss, 1969

    Jewel Squid

    Specimen located in the Twilight Zone section of the Open Ocean exhibit under the caption "Bioluminescence: A Bright Idea (Again and Again)."

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    Homarus americanus

    American Lobster

    Specimen located in the Biodiversity section of the Entry Experience exhibit in Case #3.

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    Hoplostethus atlanticus

    Orange Roughy

    Model located in the Deep Ocean section of the Open Ocean exhibit under the caption “Hidden Peaks.”

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    Hyperia galba

    Big-eye Amphipod

    Photograph located in the Ocean Surface section of the Open Ocean exhibit under the caption “Why Don't Fish Sink?”

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    Idiacanthus

    Black Dragonfish

    Model located in the Ocean Surface section of the Open Ocean exhibit under the caption “Sunny Nursery.”

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    Isidella

    Bamboo Coral

    Specimen located in the Deep Ocean section of the Open Ocean exhibit under the caption “Hidden Peaks.”

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    Isistius brasiliensis

    Cookie-cutter Shark

    Specimen located in the Twilight Zone section of the Open Ocean exhibit under the caption “What Does it Take to Survive in the Twilight Zone?”

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    Isotelus

    Fossil located in the Journey Through Time exhibit in the first center case on the left side, labeled Evolution, under the caption "Trilobites Everywhere."

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    Istiophorus platypterus

    Indo-pacific Sailfish

    Model located in the Biodiversity section of the Entry Experience exhibit in Case #1.

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    Janthina janthina

    Purple Bubble Raft Snail

    Specimen located in the Biodiversity section of the Entry Experience exhibit in Case #1 on the left side in the habitat display on under the caption “Do Related Animals Always Live in the Same Environment."

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    Jorunna funebris

    Sea Slug

    Specimen located in the Biodiversity section of the Entry Experience exhibit in Case #3.

  • Kingaspis

    Fossil located in the Journey Through Time exhibit in the first center case on the left side, labeled Evolution, under the caption "The Age of Trilobites."

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    Kinorhyncha

    Mud Dragons

    Photograph located in the Biodiversity section of the Entry Experience exhibit in Case #3 on the right side in the size display under the caption “How Big Are Most Ocean Animals?"

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    Koneprusia

    Fossil located in the Journey Through Time exhibit in the first center case on the left side, labeled Evolution, under the caption "Trilobites Everywhere."

  • Kryptophanaron alfredi

    Phosphorescent Fish

    Specimen located in the Twilight Zone section of the Open Ocean exhibit under the caption “Bioluminescence: A Bright Idea (Again and Again).”

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    Lagenorhynchus acutus

    Jumper

    Specimen located in the Biodiversity section of the Entry Experience exhibit in Case #3.

  • Laggania cambria

    Fossil located in the Cambrian Explosion section of the Journey Through Time exhibit under the caption “How Did They Live?”

  • Lampocteis cruentiventer

    Bloodybelly Comb Jelly

    Photograph located in the Twilight Zone section of the Open Ocean exhibit under the caption “Counterillumination.”

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    Lamprometra palmata

    Feather Star

    Specimen located in the Biodiversity section of the Entry Experience exhibit in Case #2 on the left side in the relatedness display under the caption “Can You See a Resemblance?"

  • Latreutes fucorum (J. C. Fabricius, 1798)

    Slender Sargassum Shrimp

    Model located in the Ocean Surface section of the Open Ocean exhibit in the turn-table Sargassum Model.

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    Leiotealia irregularis

    Sea Anemone

    Specimen located in the Biodiversity section of the Entry Experience exhibit in Case #2 on the right side in the display on habitat under the caption “Where You Live Affects How You Live."

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    Leporicypraea mappa

    Map Cowry

    Specimen located in the Coral Reef exhibit in the section “Dazzling, Delicate, and Teeming with Life" under the caption "Why are Reefs So Crowded with Life?"

  • Functional adaptation

    Description of Euplectella aspergillum
    Light-transmitting fibers: Venus flower basket   The glass-like fibers of a...

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    Limacina helicina

    Arctic Pteropod

    Photograph located in the Biodiversity section of the Entry Experience exhibit in Case #1 on the left side in the habitat display the caption “Do Related Animals Always Live in the Same Environment."

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    Lineus fuscoviridis

    Ribbon Worm

    Photograph located in the Ocean Surface section of the Open Ocean exhibit under the caption “Why Don't They Leave Their Parents?”

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    Lingulodinium polyedrum (Stein) J. D. Dodge

    Photograph located in the Estuary section of the Shores and Shallows exhibit under the caption “High Seas Hitchhikers?”

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    Linophryne arborifera

    Deepsea Anglerfish

    Specimen located in the Deep Ocean section of the Open Ocean exhibit under the caption “What Does it Take to Live in the Deep Water Column?”

  • Lobopyge

    Fossil located in the Journey Through Time exhibit in the first center case on the left side, labeled Evolution, under the caption "Trilobites Everywhere."

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    Lophiodes miacanthus

    Monkfish

    Specimen located in the Biodiversity section of the Entry Experience exhibit in Case #1 on the right side in the habitat display under the caption “Location Matters!"

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    Lophius piscatorius

    Monkfish

    Specimen located in the Biodiversity section of the Entry Experience exhibit in Case #1 on the right side in the habitat display under the caption “Location Matters!"