Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom

Research Article

Reproductive Biology and Growth of the Genus Epizoanthus (Zoanthidea) From the North-East Atlantic

A. Muirheada1, P. A. Tylera1 and M. H. Thurstona2

a1 Department of Oceanography, University College of Swansea, Singleton Park, Swansea SA2 8PP

a2 Institute of Oceanographic Sciences, Brook Road, Wormley, Godalming, Surrey GU8 5UB

The genus Epizoanthus Gray is represented in the north-east Atlantic by three species, all of which live commensally with pagurid crabs. The shallowest-living of the three, Epizoanthus incrustatus (Duben and Koren) occurs with Anapagurus laevis (Bell) within the depth range 20–200 m (Manuel, 1981). Epizoanthus paguriphilus Verrill and Epizoanthus abyssorum Verrill are associated with Parapagurus pilosimanus (Smith), the former within the depth range 600–1550 m and the latter at 3500–4350 m.