CNIDARIA : SCLERACTINIA : DendrophylliidaeSEA ANEMONES AND HYDROIDS

Leptopsammia pruvoti Lacaze-Duthiers, 1897


Leptopsammia pruvoti

Description: Solitary stony coral. Corallum often tall and inversely conical, its texture is slightly spongy but less so and tougher than Balanophyllia, up to 60mm tall and nearly 20mm in diameter. The polyp is yellow or orange in colour and has up to 96 tentacles.

Habitat: Attached to rocks in crevices sheltered from strong water movement; from about 10-40m. Several corals may grow together, forming a pseudocolony.

Similar Species: Could be confused with yellow or orange specimens of Balanophyllia regia but Leptopsammia pruvoti is a much larger 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
http://www.habitas.org.uk/marinelife/species.asp?item=D14160

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