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Anthopleura elegantissima, aggregating anemone

Anthopleura elegantissima (?)


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.


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


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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