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Scientific name: Actinoptilum molle
Common name: Radial sea pen
Phyulm Sub Phylum Class Sub Class Order Sub Order Family Sub Family Genus Species
Cnidaria Anthozoa Anthozoa Alcyonaria Pennatulacea Sessiliflorae Echinoptilidae Not Defined Actinoptilum Actinoptilum molle


Short Description:

A sausage-shape colony with a metalic sheen when the polyps retracted.White feeding polyps.Coulor variable;yellow,white to cream,reddish,pinkish/mauve,deep purple to reddidh purple.Polyps distributed evenly around column.Short penduncle,easily uprooted

Size: 240mm
Diet: Microscopic zoo-plankton
Distribution: Endemic to Southern Africa
Depth: 12 to 333m 
Habitat: Found on sand
  •  A field guide to the Marine Animals of the Cape Peninsula
    Georgina Jones
Similar Species:
  • None on database

Database Statistics
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Photographer Date City Area Dive site Temp Size Depth Camera Photo Video
Glenn Jacoby-(Port Elizabeth) 2010-03-28 Port Elizabeth Algoa Bay (PE-AB)-Phillips Reef 17 80mm 12m Fujifilm Finepix F50fd photo
Jacques Alberts-(Jeffreys Bay) 2011-08-20 Jeffreys Bay Jeffreys Bay (JB)-Namakwa Reef 16 80mm 20m Fujifilm Finepix F50fd photo
Johan Swanepoel-(Port Elizabeth) 2011-07-17 Port Elizabeth Algoa Bay (PE-AB)-The Paris Maru Wreck (1934) 16 80mm 15m Fujifilm FinePix F80EXR photo
Juan Snyman-(Port Elizabeth) 2009-05-02 Port Elizabeth Algoa Bay (PE-AB)-The Haerlem Wreck (1987) 14 150mm 22m Fujifilm Finepix F50fd photo
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