|CNIDARIA : ZOANTHARIA : Parazoanthidae||SEA ANEMONES AND HYDROIDS|
Description: This colonial sea anemone has up to 44 tentacles, the polyps are up to 25mm tall. The colour is white, sometimes pinkish if gonads are ripe.
Habitat: Often on organic substrates: sponges, sea-squirts, worm-tubes, dead corals, etc., but also on rocks and wrecks, from 20-400m. Often in dark places beneath overhangs and on the roof of caves.
Distribution: Parazoanthus anguicomus is found at scattered locations around Scotland and in deep water around northern Europe, south to Lundy Island and Brittany.
Similar Species: See Parazoanthus axinellae for distinguishing features of these two species.
Key Identification Features:
Distribution Map from BioMar data for Ireland - Google Earth map: download this placemark (not got Google Earth installed?)
Distribution Map from NBN: Grid map (fast) : Interactive map (slow, requires login to view records) : National Biodiversity Network mapping facility, data for UK.
|Picton, B.E. & Morrow, C.C., 2010. [In] Encyclopedia of Marine Life of Britain and Ireland |
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