Very special thanks for the first photo of Balanophyllia elegans to Gary McDonald, Intertidal Invertebrates of the Monterey Bay Area, California.
Gary McDonald has taken this photo in the intertidal in the Monterey Bay area, Californa, USA.
Description: Body bright orange to yellow, with orangish to nearly clear tentacles which are tapered to tip. May be distinguished from Corynactis californica which lacks a hard skeleton and has capitate tentacles.
Size: The skeleton may be up to about 1cm in diameter.
Notes: This solitary coral is the only true coral that occurs in the intertidal in the Monterey Bay area.
Source: Intertidal Invertebrates of the Monterey Bay Area, California