Project Description

This heart crab is slowly crossing over an orange zoanthid colony (Epizoanthus scotinus) perhaps in search of its next meal.  The individual polyps along the outer edges of the colony reproduce asexually by budding, so that the entire mat is made up of clones.  Each polyp can grow to about 2 inches (5 cm) high, and 3/4 inch (2 cm) wide.  Orange zoanthids have a range that includes Siberia, as well as northern Alaska to southern California.