Also known as Bright Eagle Eyes, Colonial Anemone, Eagle-eye Zoanthid, Green Sea Mat, Hornet, Moonlight Zoanthid, Sea Mat.
Found in colonies, over sub-tidal areas, often covering vast areas where there is lots of sunlight, over rocky bottoms of coral and rocky reefs.
They feed on detritus.
Length - ?cm
Depth - ?m
Widespread Western Atlantic, Indo-West Pacific
Most often zoanthids look like small sea anemones.
This encrusting species has a sandy leathery feel unlike its soft-bodied relatives.
Zoanthids can be very toxic, it is believed that Hawaiian warriors used to dip their spearheads into the juices of zoanthids. Ref: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zoanthus_sociatus