Parazoanthus anguicomus (Norman, 1868)

Parazoanthus anguicomus

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: NBN map : National Biodiversity Network mapping facility, data for UK.

WoRMS: Species record : World Register of Marine Species.

iNaturalist: Species account : iNaturalist World Species Observations database

 Picton, B.E. & Morrow, C.C. (2016). Parazoanthus anguicomus (Norman, 1868). [In] Encyclopedia of Marine Life of Britain and Ireland. Accessed on 2023-12-11

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