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Isophellia stela (Family Isophelliidae)

Distribution:

Isophellia stela is only known from Port Phillip Bay, Victoria, Australia. (VIC)

Features:

This is a poorly known species which has only been documented from its original description in 1971 from preserved specimens. The specimens, attached to tough white fibrous material, probably polychaete worm tubes, measure approximately 20 mm in length and 7 mm in width and have at least 80 thin, tapering tentacles. The species closely resembles an anemone found in Zanzibar, off the coast of Kenya in tropical east Africa.

Ecology/Way of Life:

Habitat is unknown.

Interaction with Humans/Threats:

Little is known about this anemone or threats to its survival

Other Comments:

No common names are known to have previously been used in this genus.

Further Reading:

Cutress, C.E. (1971) Corallimorpharia, Actiniaria and Zoanthidea. Memoirs of the National Museum of Victoria (Melbourne) 32: 83 – 92.

Fautin, D.G. (2003) Hexacorallians of the World. http://hercules.kgs.ku.edu/hexacoral/anemone2/index.cfm

Acknowledgments:

Text & map by Carden Wallace & Zoe Richards, Museum of Tropical Queensland.

Plate from original desciption by Cutress (1971).

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