yellow cluster anemone


Yellow Cluster Anemone (Parazoanthus axinellae)

…a species of zoanthid coral that occurs off the coasts of southern Atlantic Europe and in the Mediterranean Sea. Unlike true anemones zoanthids like P.axinellae differ in their internal anatomy and colony formation. Like most cnidarians yellow cluster anemones are ‘carnivores’ and will feed on passing food items that are dispatched via nematocysts.


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Images: Yoruno and Alfiero Brisotto

Parazoanthus axinellae, the Yellow Cluster Anemone is a zoanthid coral found on the southern Atlantic coasts of Europe and in the Mediterranean Sea. Zoanthids differ from true sea anemones, in having a different internal anatomy and in forming true colonies in which the individual animals (polyps) are connected by a common tissue, called the coenenchyme. The species is yellow orange in colour with 24 to 36 tentacles disposed in two rows. The polyps are 5 millimetres (0.20 in) in diameter and 20 millimetres (0.79 in) in height.

From Wikipedia