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Balanophyllia elegans Verrill, 1864
Phylum Cnidaria, Class Anthozoa, Subcl. Zoantharia, Order Scleractinia, Family Dendrophylliidae

Solitary cup corals 5-8 mm diameter; bright orange with transparent tapered tentacles.  Produces large (1 mm) non-swimming planula larvae same color as adult.

Common, low intertidal zone to (mostly) subtidal on rocks; exposed outer coast. 

Geo Range: Oregon to southern California
Synonyms:
Similar species: Corynactis is usually more red-orange, lacks a CaCO3 skeletal cup, & has club-tipped white tentacles.

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