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Phoronis ovalis

Wright, 1856

Jeremy Pierce Going through some old pics from June 2011 at the Breakwater Fort, Plymouth.....are these anemones or small/young spiral Fan worms or ??? Looked through all my books with no luck. I would say, judging by the Clavelina in the picture that they are no more than 2cm tall!! Cheers JAP :-)

Jeremy Pierce Thank you!!

Frances Dipper Yes I agree. Lovely things.

Joanne Porter another one of those amazing creatures that have a lophophore :)

George Brown Does anything have a particular appetite for Phoronis? Anything we can look out for?

David Kipling Some details here on predators, and it's lophophore. http://linnaeus.zoology.gla.ac.uk/~rpage/wiki/index.php/Phoronis_hippocrepia

David Kipling *its

George Brown Thanks David.

Erling Svensen Yes, Phoronis hippocrepia. In Norway I find them only in limestone rocks where they drill holes. There is another species, Phoronis ovalis, that have more oval lophophore and only 20 tentacles.

Erling Svensen David, I can see from your link that this species should not be abundant in Norway - but it is quite common in the South Norway.

Message posted on Seasearch Identifications on 28 May 2013
Animalia (Kingdom)
  Phoronida (Phylum)
    Phoronis (Genus)
      Phoronis ovalis (Species)
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