AR182. STUBBY OVAL SEA SPIDER

Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre, Vancouver, BC

Pycnogonum stearnsi

to 1.3 cm (0.5 in) long

Japan, BC to s. California

intertidal

A smooth surface, short, thick legs and oval outline distinguish this parasitic sea spider. In California its preferred host is the green surf anemone (CN13), from which it withdraws cellular fluid sustenance.