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Anthopleura elegantissima, aggregating anemone

Anthopleura elegantissima (?)

Description:

Small anemones 2.5cm to 5.0cm (1 to 2 inches) in diameter, white bodies instead of green, in closed position, displaying a pink ring at what might be assumed to be the base of the retracted tentacles.

Habitat:

Exposed coast, protected cove, Zone 2, under rock ledge away from direct sunlight. Gerstle Cove State Marine Reserve, Salt Point State Park, Jenner CA.

Notes:

Green Anthopleura elegantissima occur in abundance elsewhere on the same rock, on the surface exposed to sunlight, and on nearby rocks. Is this specimen an instance of a pink-tentacle variety with white body color due to lack of sunlight, or a separate species? Photo taken in early AM at minus tide.

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Salt Point State Park, USA

Lat: 38.58, Long: -123.31

Spotted on May 16, 2014
Submitted on May 17, 2014

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