Sunset Cup Coral

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Latin nameLeptopsammia pruvoti
Size – up to 3cm in diameter
Habitat – attached to shady rock faces below the low water mark

This slow growing solitary coral is highly vulnerable to disturbances. It is long-living but reproduces very infrequently and is extremely rare. Sunset coral has only been found in four locations around the South-West coast of Britain. It is a priority species under the UK Biodiversity Action Plan which aims to maintain the current population of this coral.

Sunset Cup Coral

Sunset Cup Coral
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The Sunset Cup Coral has a beautiful bright yellow or orange colour. It has only been found in a handful of locations around the South West coast of Britain, and Lyme Bay is one of these rare locations. Photo by Alberto Barisani.


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