Ralpharia magnifica Watson 1980
solitary hydroid

Family Tubulariidae

The solitary hydroids, Ralpharia magnifica, look like a bed of flowers, although they are actually animals. The mouth is in the centre of the "flower". Ralpharia magnifica can reproduce asexually by budding off tiny, free swimming medusae from around the mouth area. These in turn reproduce sexually. Ralpharia magnifica is a food source for the Blue Dragon nudibranch, Pteraeolidia ianthina.

Distribution =   southern Australia and Tasmania
Max size =   to 10cm high