Seanet Mid Intertidal

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Epiactis prolifera Verrill, 1869
Phylum Cnidaria, Class Anthozoa, Subcl. Zoantharia, Order Actiniaria, Family Actiniidae

Oral disc 2.5 cm in diameter; brown, greenish, or dull red; with fine longitudinal lines down its column & radiating markings on oral disc; usually with brooded young of different sizes attached to base of column. 

Moderately common but patchy; lower mid-intertidal zone to subtidal, usually on sides of rocks or undersides of overhangs, protected outer coast.  Sequential hermaphrodite (matures first as female & turns into male at larger size).

Geo Range: Alaska to southern California
Similar species: no other anemone in Monterey broods young externally; young Anthopleura sola are greener, lack fine lines on column and do not brood young around base.