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Starbust anemone

Anthopleura sola

Description:

A. sola is a solitary anemone that averages 12 cm but can grow up to 25 cm wide.The column is pale green to white in color and is twice as long as its width when extended. The column has numerous sticky protuberances (verrucae) arranged in vertical rows to which gravel and shell fragments adhere. The oral disc is radially striped and has five rings of thick, pointed feeding tentacles. Tentacles are pale with the tips colored in pink, blue or lavender. In the second pic you can see one with its stomach inside out to remove undigested material.

Habitat:

Tidal pools next to Morro Rock, Morro Bay, CA.

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Morro Bay, California, USA

Spotted on Sep 23, 2014
Submitted on Jan 30, 2015

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