Very special thanks for the first photo of Balanophyllia (Balanophyllia)regia to Carlos Fernandez-Cid from, Spain.
Correct name converning Sealifebase:
Balanophyllia regia Gosse, 1853
Correct name converning WoRMS:
Balanophyllia (Balanophyllia) regia Gosse, 1853
This solitary coral is azooxanthellat and needs a diet of small zooplankton.
It has 48 tentacles and a rich yellow or orange colour.
A brilliantly coloured solitary coral. Up to 48 short, stout, evenly tapering tentacles span about 25 mm and are arranged in groups of six around the mouth. The tentacles are a rich translucent golden yellow colour (the colour restricted to the nematocyst warts) and shade into a yellow, orange or scarlet disc. The calcareous exoskeleton (corallum) is broad and low, about 10 mm across but usually less in height. The corallum is porous, spongy in texture and fragile; less durable than in other British corals.