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Marine Animal Encyclopedia

White Zoanthid Parazoanthus anguicomus

Most zoanthids are found in tropical waters, but the white zoanthid is common in the north Atlantic. Its white polyps arise from an encrusting base and it has two circles of tentacles around the mouth. One circle is usually held upward while the other lies flat. As well as covering rocks and wrecks, this species also encrusts worm tubes and Lophelia reefs.

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  • Class Anthozoa
  • Height 1 in (2.5 cm)
  • Depth 65–1,300 ft (20–400 m)
  • Habitat Shaded rocks, wrecks, and shells
  • Distribution Temperate waters of northeastern Atlantic