Yellow cluster anemone (Parazoanthus axinellae)
|Researched by||Olwen Ager||Refereed by||Admin|
|Other common names||-||Synonyms||Parazoanthus dixoni|
Recorded distribution in Britain and IrelandParazoanthus axinellae has been recorded on the south west and west coasts of the British Isles.
Global distributionParazoanthus axinellae has been recorded around southwest Europe to the Mediterranean.
HabitatParazoanthus axinellae is usually found attached to organic substrata including sponges, shells and worm tubes. It is also found on rocks. Parazoanthus axinellae is found from the shallow sublittoral offshore to about 100 m.
- Colonial anemone.
- Yellow polyps 1.5 cm tall, 0.5 cm in diameter.
- 26-34 bright yellow tentacles, usually 30-32.
- Column often encrusted with sand grains or sponge spicules.
Additional informationParazoanthus anguicomus is a similar northern species. It is whitish, slightly larger, with 34-44 tentacles and is found in deeper water (Hayward & Ryland 1995).
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Last Updated: 20/02/2007