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Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Nice spotting!

A beautiful White-spotted Anemone (Urticina lofotensis, formerly Tealia lofotensis) discovered nestled among mussels during a field trip to Spud Point Marina on 27 June 2016.  

Although this species can reach sizes of up to ~150-200 mm (~6-8 inches) across (including the tentacles), this tiny individual was only ~8 mm (~0.3 inches) across!

The deep red or scarlet color is distinctive, as are the white spots on the columnmore easily seen when the tentacles are withdrawn (below).

Nice spotting, Chessie!  

1 comment:

Walter Carpenter said...

Unbelievable detail and beauty!