27p Sea anemone – Bunodactis sp.:This white anemone is small, less than 5 cm across, and is found from the intertidal down to 20 m. It lives in rock crevices and also between mussels and is commonly seen with a red species, Bunodactis octoradiata. Little is known about the biology of this species and it is likely to be new to science.
50p –Jellyfish – Cyanea capillata:The Lion\’s mane jellyfish is a large jellyfish with an umbrella diameter of usually 30 – 50 cm but has been recorded up to 200 cm. It is usually yellowish brown in colour and can be dark red underneath. Nothing is known about its life cycle around the Falkland Islands but data on populations in other parts of the world and anecdotal evidence from divers here would suggest that medusa (larval forms) are seen in the summer or early autumn with mature individuals more frequent in winter and early spring.
70p – Starfish – Diplodontias singularis:The Biscuit starfish is brown to red in colouration and can grow up to 10 cm across. This species is found in the sublittoral and data from Falkland Islands Fisheries Department research cruises would suggest that it can be found as deep as 80 m. Diplodontias singularis is commonly found on rocky and sandy substrates in and around kelp (Macrocystis pyrifera) forests.
£1.15 – Nudibranch – Flabellina falklandica:The White tipped nudibranch is a small nudibranch (15 – 35 mm long) and it is either white/translucent to a pink salmon in colouration. Its cerata are coloured red or brown due to its digestive gland ducts shining though transparent tissue. It is found around most sub-Antarctic
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