Scarlet and gold star coral (Balanophyllia (Balanophyllia) regia)
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Recorded distribution in Britain and IrelandFound around the coast of south-west England, the Scilly Isles and south-west Pembrokeshire.
Global distributionFrequent around the coasts of south west Europe from Brittany south to Gibraltar, the Mediterranean, Morocco and the Canary Isles.
HabitatFound occasionally on the shore at extreme low water but more commonly in the shallow sublittoral down to 10 m in depth. Attached to rocks in surge gullies, caves or beneath overhangs.
- Polyps yellow or orange with up to 48 tentacles.
- Tentacles yellow, without terminal knobs.
- Coralla with porous, often spongy walls.
- Septa arranged in Pourtales' plan producing a distinct six rayed effect in calyx.
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Hayward, P.J. & Ryland, J.S. (ed.) 1995b. Handbook of the marine fauna of North-West Europe. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
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Last Updated: 17/04/2008