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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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    Olenoides

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

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    Ommastrephes bartramii

    Red Squid

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

  • Oneirophanta mutabilis

    Spiky White Cucumber

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

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    Opabinia regalis

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

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    Ophioblennius macclurei

    Atlantic Red-lipped Blenny

    Photograph located in the Zones of the Open Ocean section of the Open Ocean exhibit under the caption “How Do Populations Get Started?”

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    Ophioblennius steindachneri

    Pacific Fanged Blenny

    Photograph located in the Zones of the Open Ocean section of the Open Ocean exhibit under the caption “How Do Populations Get Started?”

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    Ophiocoma echinata

    Black Brittle 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?"

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    Ophiolepis

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

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    Ophiomusium lymani

    Specimen located in the Deep Ocean section of the Open Ocean exhibit under the caption “What Does it Take to Live on the Bottom?: Miles and Miles of Mud.”

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    Ophiura sarsii

    Specimen located in the Deep Ocean section of the Open Ocean exhibit under the caption “Who Lives in the Deep Ocean?”

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    Oreaster reticulatus

    Cushion Sea Star

    Specimen located in the Biodiversity section of the Entry Experience exhibit in Case #2.

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    Ornithocercus serratus

    Dinoflagellate

    Photograph located in the Biodiversity section of the Entry Experience exhibit in Case #2 on the left side in the size display under the caption “From Tall to Small."

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    Ottoia prolifica

    Priapulid Worm

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

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    Ovalipes ocellatus

    Ocellate Lady Crab

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

  • Palaeoctopus

    Octopod

    Fossil located in the Journey Through Time exhibit in the first center case on the right side, labeled Ecology, under the caption "Rudist Neighbors."

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    Panulirus versicolor

    Slipper Lobster

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

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    Paradoxides

    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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    Paragorgia arborea

    Bubble Gum Coral

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

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    Paralejurus

    Fossil located in the Permian Extinction section of the Journey Through Time exhibit under the caption “A Whole New World.”

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    Paraphyllina intermedia

    Deep-sea Jellyfish

    Photograph located in the Twilight Zone section of the Open Ocean exhibit under the caption “Why Do So Many Critters Glow?”

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    Paraspirifer bownockeri

    Fossil located in the Permian Extinction section of the Journey Through Time exhibit under the caption “A Whole New World.”

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    Parborlasia corrugatus

    Proboscis Worm

    Specimen located in the Southern Ocean section of the Poles Apart exhibit under the caption “What is There to Eat?”

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    Pavona cactus

    Lettuce Coral

    Specimen located in the Coral Reef exhibit in the section "What is Coral?" under the caption "Diverse Coral Communities."

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    Pelamis platura

    Yellow-bellied Sea Snake

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

  • Pelecanoides magellani

    Magellanic Diving Petrel

    Specimen located in a drawer in the Collection exhibit under the caption "How Do We Use Collections?"

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    Pentamerus

    Fossil located in the Permian Extinction section of the Journey Through Time exhibit under the caption “A Whole New World.”

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    Peronopsis

    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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    Perophora regina

    Tunicate

    Specimen located in a rail case in the Collections exhibit under the caption "How Do We Use Collections?"

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    Petaloconchus varians (d'Orbigny, 1841)

    Variable Wormsnail

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

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    Phacops

    Fossil located in the Permian Extinction section of the Journey Through Time exhibit under the caption “A Whole New World.”

  • Phacops rana crassituberculata

    Fossil located in the Journey Through Time exhibit in the first center case on the left side, labeled Evolution, in a rail case under the caption "The Better To See You With!"

  • Phaeosphaeria spartinicola

    Photograph located in the Biodiversity section of the Entry Experience exhibit in Case #2.

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    Philodina roseola

    Common Rotifer

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

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    Phoronis muelleri

    Horseshoe Worm

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    Phyllorhiza punctata

    Australian Spotted Jellyfish

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

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    Physalia physalis

    Portuguese Man-of-war

    Model located in the Ocean Surface section of the Open Ocean exhibit under the caption “Who Lives Near the Sunlit Surface?”

  • Placenticeras meeki

    Ammonite Cephalopod

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

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    Platyhelminthes

    Flatworms

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

  • Pleurotomella bairdii

    Baird's Gymnobela

    Specimen located in the Deep Ocean section of the Open Ocean exhibit under the caption “What Does It Take to Live on the Bottom?: Miles and Miles of Mud.”

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    Pomacanthus imperator

    Emperor Angelfish

    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?"

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    Pontellina plumata

    Calanoid Copepod

    Photograph located in the Biodiversity section of the Entry Experience exhibit in Case #1 on the right side in the size display under the caption “Big, Small, and In Between."

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    Porichthys plectrodon

    Atlantic Midshipman 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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    Portunus sayi

    Sargassum Swimming Crab

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

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    Priapulida

    Penis Worms

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

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    Priolepis hipoliti

    Red Goby

    Photograph located in the Ocean Surface section of the Open Ocean exhibit under the caption “How Do We Know What They'll Grow Up to Be?”

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    Prorocentrum compressum

    Photograph located in the Biodiversity section of the Entry Experience exhibit in Case #2 on the left side in the size display under the caption “From Tall to Small."

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    Protoperidinium mediterraneum

    Photograph located in the Biodiversity section of the Entry Experience exhibit in Case #2 on the left side in the size display under the caption “From Tall to Small."

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    Ptychagnostus

    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."

  • Puffinus auricularis C. H. Townsend, 1890

    Newell's Shearwater

    Specimen located in a drawer in the Collections exhibit under the caption "How Do We Use Collections?"

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    Pyrosoma atlanticum

    Pyrosoma Tunicate

    Photograph located in the Twilight Zone section of the Open Ocean exhibit under the caption “Why Do So Many Critters Glow?”