Devonshire Cup Coral

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Devonshire Cup Coral

Devonshire Cup Coral

Devonshire Cup Coral is not only found off the Devon coast of England, but is common all along the South and South West coast of Ireland. Devonshire Cup Coral is similar to anemones but produce hard chalky skeletons to support and protect their bodies. Cup corals are solitary animals living alone. When tentacles are fully extended cup corals resemble small anemones. Devonshire cup coral grow up to 3cm across and occurs is a variety of colours often with a zigzag of contrasting colour around the centre. In some cases there are one or several tiny barnacles (Boscia anglica) growing on the side of the cup distorting its shape as in the photography above.