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Phyllangia mouchezii

(Lacaze-Duthiers, 1897)

Susana Martins Leptosammia pruvoti? Found it at about 15m in Portugal

David Kipling Leptopsammia doesn't have little balls at the end of the tentacles. http://www.marlin.ac.uk/speciesfullreview.php?speciesID=3657#

David Kipling Do you get Caryophyllia smithii in Portugal? the tentacles look right for that.

Susana Martins That's what I thought...

David Kipling I'd certainly not argue with it being C. smithii if this was in the UK. You might have other anemone species in Portugal though.

Susana Martins We also have it here.

Vasco Ferreira We have also Caryophyllia inornata described, but i cant tell the difference between them :)

Bernard Picton Susana Martins, I photographed something like this in Sagres, southern Portugal, in 2007. I wondered if it was Phyllangia mouchezii. http://www.flickr.com/photos/77857683@N06/8033620116/

Bernard Picton Just getting the hang of this linking from Flickr I think, hope you can see these. Here in a small cave at Sagres, Leptopsammia and at lower left, probably Caryophyllia inornata. http://www.flickr.com/photos/77857683@N06/8033662711/

Susana Martins Phyllangia mouchezii, Caryophyllia inornata, Caryophyllia smithii, i can't really tell the difference between them...

David Kipling Nice pic from Bernard showing bright yellow tentacles with no balls at the end for Leptopsammia - so def not that then.

Bernard Picton Here are Caryophyllia smithii and Caryophyllia inornata growing together on Rathlin Island, smithii is much bigger, usually with some colour on the disk. http://www.flickr.com/photos/77857683@N06/8033894419/

Bernard Picton and a close-up of C. inornata, showing the stubby tentacles and large septa (the white plates at the base of the primary tentacles). http://www.flickr.com/photos/77857683@N06/8033915615

Tony Gilbert Take look at Cladiocora caespitosa, although it maybe a variation of Balanophyllia regia - latter seen in Lanzarote. Both Cladiocora caespitosa and Phyllangia mouchezii (also seen in Lanzarote) are more colonial but the Balanophyllia tend to be more spaced from what I've seen.You are in the right depth range to see all 3.

Message posted on Seasearch Identifications on 28 Sep 2012
Animalia (Kingdom)
  Cnidaria (Phylum)
    Anthozoa (Class)
      Hexacorallia (Subclass)
        Scleractinia (Order)
          Caryophylliidae (Family)
            Phyllangia (Genus)
              Phyllangia mouchezii (Species)
Associated Species