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TWO NEW ENCRUSTING ANEMONES SPECIES FOUND IN CORAL REEF CAVES FROM JAPAN AND NEW CALEDONIA

The cracks and crevices of coral reefs of the Japanese island of Okinawa and the island of New Caledonia in the South Pacific, have proven to be the habitat of two new species of anemones from the genus Palythoa, which have just been discovered.
And surprisingly, unlike almost all known species within the genus Palythoa, these two new species do not have light-harvesting symbiotic zooxanthellae, having lost them as they adapted to life in cracks and caves in shallow coral reefs. Zooxanthellae are symbiotic, photosynthetic, single-celled algae that can provide host species with energy from the sun.

Sea Anemone at The Mysic Aquarium #seaanemone #water #purple #pink #violet #anemone #sea #underwater #aquarium #actiniaria #cnidaria #anthozoa #zoantharia #polyp #tentacles #tentacle #instagood #anemones #june #mysticaquarium #themysticaquarium #bright #vivid #vibrant #newlondon #connecticut (at Mystic Aquarium)

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Well now, some serious stuff. I am a geology student and a year ago, me and my classmates went on a trip to see the beautiful fossil-backreef in Santa Maria di Leuca, Salento. In the second picture you can see fossil corals (zoantharia)-excuse the poor quality of my pictures, my camera isn’t exactly a reflex! Just wanted to share some nerd-y stuff!:)

Parazoanthus axinellae | ©João Pedro Silva   (Paredes do Cabo, Sesimbra, Portugal)

Parazoanthus axinellae is a Mediterranean zoanthid coral (an animal and not a flower), always associated in colonies, measuring up to 4 cm. Individuals are yellow sharp with orange, and has 34 tentacles laid out in double crown [source].

Animalia - Cnidaria - Anthozoa - Zoantharia - Zoanthidea - Parazoanthidae - ParazoanthusP. axinellae

My “Zoantharia” are looking hot and rapidly spreading out and growing !!! 😊🐠🐟🐬🐳🐋 #wowsers #wow #omg #omfg #awesome #amazing #coral #coralreef #reeftank #coraltank #reefaquarium #saltwater #saltwateraquarium #zoantharia #zoa #softcoral #tank #tanked #marinelife #marinebiology #miniocean #aquarium @mikezone1979

(at London, Ontario)