Anthopleura elegantissima, also known as the aggregating anemone or clonal anemone, is the most abundant species of sea anemone found on rocky, tide swept shores along the Pacific coast of North America. This cnidarian hosts endosymbiotic algae called zooxanthellae that contribute substantially to primary productivity in the intertidal zone. A. elegantissima has become a model organism for the study of temperate cnidarian-algal symbioses. Wikipedia
On a rocks during low tide at a Sonoma County beach near Bodega, CA.
Lat: 38.41, Long: -123.10
Spotted on Mar 3, 2012
Submitted on Mar 9, 2012