[Coral-List] Coral polyp identification (organism of unknown identity)

Szmant, Alina szmanta at uncw.edu
Wed Jun 24 07:50:29 EDT 2009

Looks like an anemone to me. Seems to have a pedal disk which an actinula larva would not have.

Dr. Alina M. Szmant
Professor of Marine Biology
Coral Reef Research Program, Center for Marine Science
University of North Carolina Wilmington
5600 Marvin K. Moss Lane
Wilmington NC 28409
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From: coral-list-bounces at coral.aoml.noaa.gov [coral-list-bounces at coral.aoml..noaa.gov] On Behalf Of Diego Fernando Lozano Cortés [di8go11 at hotmail.com]
Sent: Tuesday, June 23, 2009 3:20 PM
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Subject: Re: [Coral-List] Coral polyp identification (organism of unknown       identity)

Hi Donald,
Thank you very much for your help and interest. Until now I had received two responses. Ron Karlson who thinks it's a hydrozoan actinula larva, and Gustav Paulay who thinks it's an anemone (and not a hydrozoan because of the pharynx that is visible in the photo). At the moment I have no data on the size of the organism, but this was collected in a trawl from a depth of 30 meters to surface.

Link: http://i66.photobucket.com/albums/h241/carlosgm/Polipo-Gorgona2006.jpg

Thank you very much.

Diego Fernando Lozano-Cortés
Senior Biology Student
Universidad del Valle
Cali, Colombia (Southamerica)
Coral Reef Ecology Research Group
di8go11 at hotmail.com

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