Seanet Mid Intertidal

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Anthopleura elegantissima (Brandt, 1835)
Phylum Cnidaria, Class Anthozoa, Subcl. Zoantharia, Order Actiniaria, Family Actiniidae

Cloning anemone, 6 cm in diameter; column varies  from gray-green to white, often covered with shell debris; tentacle tips green, pink, lavender, or blue.  

Moderately common, mid-intertidal zone; protected outer coast.  Forms extensive clonal aggregations; interclonal aggression produces distinct borders. Possess photosynthetic endosymbiotic zooxanthellae (most specimens are more gray-green & have a greater cover of shell debris on column than those in photograph)

Geo Range: Alaska to Baja
Similar species: 
Anthopleura sola & A. xanthogrammica are both larger & neither forms clones.