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Sun zoanthid
Palythoa grandis
Verrill

Description:
Zoanthid with a highly flattened oral disc, up to 3.2 cm in diameter. Outer edge of the oral disc fringed by short tentacles (P. grandis-close up). The edges of the polyp are often curled inward. Several specimens may grow in close proximity, but do not form mats.

Color:
Oral disc green to brown, often somewhat mottled; tentacles brown.

Habitat:
Attached to rocky substrates, usually somewhat sheltered, form 12 to 40 m.

Distribution:
Uncommon Caribbean.

Sun zoanthid (Palythoa grandis)