Fish and Wildlife Research Institute


Green Colonial Zoanthid

Scientific name: Zoanthus pulchellus (Duchassaing and Michelotti, 18600

Common name: Sea Mat, Encrusting (colonial) Zoanthid

Species Codes for Trip Ticket Reporting:
Marine Life Code: 706 - Zoanthid, green colonial (Zoanthus)

License and Endorsements Required for Commercial Harvest:
SPL - Saltwater Products License
RS - Restricted Species Endorsement
ML - Marine Life Endorsement

* These are unofficial designations, please see Florida Administrative Code Chapter 68B for specifics,

Image Credit: Mark Chiappone, Center for Marine Science, Univ. of North Carolina-Wilmington

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