Celenterati

Cerianthus membranacea

is an esacorallo of the Cerianthidae family. Endemic to the Mediterranean Sea, it can also be found in the eastern Atlantic Ocean, on sandy or muddy bottoms from a few meters up to 40 meters deep. It lives in a tube produced by the animal itself, buried in the ground and up to a meter long, from which protrude the food tentacles that can reach a diameter of 40 centimeters. The coloring is very varied, ranging from white to violet, sometimes even black.

Actinia Equina

Actinia equina, commonly known as sea tomato, is an anenterzoan coelenterate that inhabits the intertidal zone, up to a few meters deep. These cnidarians have a strong resistance to external stresses thanks to their ability to resist without water and at high temperatures for many hours.

Anemonia Sulcata

Commonly known as the hair of Venus or "Attinia", it is an anthocenter of the Actiniidae family, common in the Mediterranean Sea and along the eastern coasts of the Atlantic Ocean. It reaches sizes up to about 400 cm in diameter.

Aiptasia Mutabilis

it is an antozoo belonging to the Aiptasiidae family widespread in the Mediterranean Sea and in the eastern Atlantic. It lives on rocky bottoms, in ravines or in the middle of algae.

Parazoanthus Axinellae

is an esacorallo of the Parazoanthidae family. Polypoid shaped animal, without calcareous skeleton, yellow-orange with tentacles from 24 to 36 arranged in two rows. Form often colonies of many close individuals, who also cover entire areas in a dense way. The animals are connected to each other by a calcareous cenenchyme which goes to encrust the support substrate. Dimensions up to 5 mm in diameter for 20 in height.

Cotylorhiza Tuberculata

It is a scifomedusa of the Cepheidae family, common in the Mediterranean Sea. This species reaches 30 centimeters in diameter. It has a characteristic disc-shaped umbrella, in the margin typically jagged, yellow or sometimes greenish for the presence of zooxanthellae. It has short and very numerous tentacles, ending with an apical button of color from blue to violet.

Pelagia noctiluca

commonly known as a luminous jellyfish, it is a jellyfish from the Pelagiidae family. Brownish-pink or rose-violet umbrella of about 10 cm in diameter, translucent, composed of 16 lobes from which 8 long retractable tentacles start, very stinging and semi-transparent, starting from the edges and extending up to 2 meters. The oral arms, the same color as the umbrella, are up to about 30 centimeters long. The specific noctiluca epithet derives from the bioluminescence, of a green color, of which it is endowed.

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