Seanet Mid Intertidal

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Anthopleura sola Pearse & Francis, 2000
Phylum Cnidaria, Class Anthozoa, Subcl. Zoantharia, Order Actiniaria, Family Actiniidae

Oral disc to >15 cm diameter with radiating stripes; green to dark gray-green; warts (verrucae) on column in longitudinal rows, tentacles sometimes flecked or with pinkish tips.  Column covered with shell debris.

Common; mid-intertidal zone to subtidal, protected outer coast; solitary in shallow crevices.  Possess photosynthetic endosymbiotic zooxanthellae (a dinoflagellate).

Geo Range: Oregon to Baja
Synonyms: formerly thought to be a solitary form of the cloning Anthopleura elegantissima.
Similar species: Anthopleura xanthogrammica lacks distinct radiating markings on oral disc and its tentacles are more uniform in color; its verrucae are more randomly arranged down its column.