Zoanthids vs Palythoa Identification

Over the years, we’ve seen hundreds of different Palys and Zoas at Tidal Gardens. In that same time, there were varieties we confidently called Palythoa and others Zoanthids. For example, I can easily point to a Palythoa grandis and say for sure that it is, in fact, a Paly. I would bet the farm on it! For starters, it has a massive green-and-brown-speckled polyp that looks like every image of a grandis I’ve ever seen online. Similarly, there are a variety of tiny polyps that I have growing in mats. Zoanthids right? More: Zoanthids vs Palythoa Identification

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