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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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    Conus zonatus

    Zoned Cone

    Specimen located in the Biodiversity section of the Entry Experience exhibit in Case #1 on the right side in the display on relatedness under the caption “Variations on a Theme."

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    Copidaster lymani A.H.Clark, 1948

    Sea Star

    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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    Coryphopterus personatus

    Masked 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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    Coscinodiscus nodulifer

    Photograph located in the Biodiversity section of the Entry Experience exhibit in Case #1 on the left side in the display on size under the caption “The Most Amazing Creatures You'll Never See.”

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    Cribrarula cribraria

    Sieve Cowrie

    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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    Cromileptes altivelis

    Humpback Grouper

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

  • Cryptolithus

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

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    Cryptopsaras couesii

    Triplewart Seadevil

    Specimen located in rail case of the Collections exhibit under the caption “What Are Collections and Why So Many?”

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    Cylindrophyllum

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

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    Cyphaspis

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

  • Dallinella occidentalis

    Lampshell

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

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    Diaphus

    Lanternfish

    Specimen located in the Twilight Zone section of the Open Ocean exhibit under the caption “Going Up for Dinner.”

  • Dickinsonia costata

    Fossil located in the Early Life section of the Journey Through Time exhibit under the caption “Meet Some of Earth's Earliest Life Forms.”

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    Dipleura

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

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    Diploprion bifasciatum

    Barred Soapfish

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

  • Disseta palumboi

    Bioluminescent Copepod

    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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    Dolichorhynchops

    Plesiosaur

    Fossil located in the KP Extinction section of the Journey Through Time exhibit under the caption “Who Lives? Who Dies?”

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    Dorudon atrox

    Archaeocete Whale

    Fossil located in the Whale Evolution section of the Whale exhibit under the caption “The Evolution of a Whale.”

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    Dosidicus gigas (d’Orbigny, 1835)

    Humboldt Squid

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

  • Drotops

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

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    Dunkleosteus terrelli

    Placoderm Fish

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

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    Durania

    Fossil located in the Journey Through Time exhibit on the right side, labeled Ecology, of the first case under the caption "Some Clams Stand, Some Lie Down."

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    Echeneis naucrates

    Remora

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

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    Echidna nebulosa

    Starry Moray

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

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    Echiniscus

    Water Bear

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

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    Ecsenius axelrodi

    Axelrod's Clown Blenny

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

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    Elacatinus saucrus

    Leopard 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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    Eldonia

    Holothurian

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

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    Eledonella pygmaea A. E. Verrill, 1884

    Octopod

    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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    Elrathia

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

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    Emblemaria pandionis

    Sailfin Blenny

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

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    Enoploteuthis leptura

    Midwater Squid

    Specimen located in the Twilight Zone section of the Open Ocean exhibit under the caption “Light to Hide By.”

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    Entemnotrochus rumphii

    Rumphius' Slit Shell

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

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    Entoprocta

    Goblet Worms

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

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    Eofallotaspis

    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."

  • Erenna

    Siphonophore

    Model located in the Twilight Zone section of the Open Ocean exhibit under the caption “Who Lives in the Twilight Zone?”

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    Etmopterus perryi

    Dwarf Lantern Shark

    Specimen located in the Biodiversity section of the Entry Experience exhibit in Case #2 on the right side in the display on size under the caption “How Big is a Shark?"

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    Eubalaena glacialis

    North Atlantic Right Whale

    Model located in Whale Exhibit hanging prominently from the ceiling.

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    Eubalaena japonica

    North Pacific Right Whale

    Fossil located in the Whale Evolution section of the Whale exhibit under the caption “A Big Guy with an Even Bigger Mouth!"

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    Eucidaris thouarsii

    Slate Pencil Urchin

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

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    Eurypegasus draconis

    Short Dragonfish

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

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    Eurypterus

    Eurypterid

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

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    Favosites

    Coral

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

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    Image of Ditomopyge decurtata and 2 other taxa

  • Flabellum hoffmeisteri

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

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    Flexicalymene sp.

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    Galeocerdo cuvier

    Tiger Shark

    Photograph located in the Zones of the Open Ocean section of the Open Ocean exhibit under the caption “How Does Life Differ On Land and in Water?”

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    Gastrotricha

    Gastrotrichs

    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?"

  • Gigantura indica

    Telescopefish

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

  • Glossodoris cruenta

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