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 Marine Life Identification Perth WA

Shore Diving


Zoanthids are an order of cnidarians commonly found in coral reefs, the deep sea and many other marine environments around the world. These animals come in a variety of different colonizing formations and in numerous colors. They can be found as individual polyps, attached by a fleshy stolon or a mat that can be created from small pieces of sediment, sand and rock... (Wikipedia)


Cliftons Zoanthid

(Isaurus Cliftoni)

These photographs where taken at Point Peron and Robbs Jetty, I have only seen these two small clusters but apparently they can grow in to very large colonies. During the day the little tentacles are hidden as the feed at night.

Due to their look these little chubby Zoanthids are know as Sausage Zoanthids.

Encrusting Grey Zoanthids

(Epizoanthus sabulosus)

Encrusting on Orange Dimple Sponge

These photographs are taken at Robbs Jetty, you will find a few large dimple sponges at Robbs, if you take a close look you will see these small Encrusting Grey Zoanthids covering most of the sponge. Click on the left side picture for a close up of these Zoanthids. 

 Finger Zoanthid

(Zoanthus praelongus)

Photographs taken at Jervoise Bay at Woodmans Point.

This colony was approx. 1 meter in size.

Bottom two photographs taken at MAAC & Point Peron.

Carpet Zoanthid
(Palythoa sp.)

These photographed in the sea grass area south of Robbs' Jetty.

These wonderful specimens donated after threat of death by my good buddy MAC "The Spade" Calder.

Photographed at Woodmans' Point Groin. They show a much deeper and richer colouring to those above, beautiful.


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