Any help in identifying this collection of as-yet-unidentified beach finds would be much appreciated ...
The white beadlike fronds look very likely to be whitened Corallina officinalis remains, as shown in Jessica's http://natureinfocus.files.wordpress.com/2011/03/p1250473ablog2.jpg
,though in yours the brown joins are very striking
Your link is broken;
I'm guessing your were intending something like
In any case, thanks for that ID. It helps with a perennial fossil ID headache - the string-of-beads or string-of-pearls conundrum. That is, it provides another candidate identity.
Thanks Mike, it's mended.(your fossil headache looks baffling [unless roots can drill holes in rock!]).
For the sea anemone a very good fit is Jason Gregory's Daisy anemone Urticina felina at http://www.britishmarinelifepictures.co.uk/dahlia-anemone-urticina-felina (Urticina felina 4).
Thanks Both - very, very much appreciated - especially pleased with the calcified Common Coralweed remains ID - it's been a headache for me too. No idea about the egg cases? I've been trying to get an ID on these for years now, doing my own research and asking others, to no avail ... I live in hope!
These look like Oyster drill eggs to me.
I agree John; mollusc eggs I'm sure, but wasn't sure which of these 2 it was, as your 1st is known here as American sting winkle urosalpinx cinerea,(further example http://www.exoticsguide.org/urosalpinx_cinerea ),& the 2nd European sting winkle Ocenebra erinacea.But couldn't match the pink colour. (judging by the Marlin distribution maps the European sting winkle Ocenebra erinacea would seem more likely.
Thanks John & Rhossilian
I had a chat with Jessica Winder yesterday (after you mentioning her re the coralweed remains rhossilian) and she suggested Thick-lipped Dog Whelk or Reticulated Dog Whelk egg cases. Your thoughts on this? It's the purple colour that's confusing as I've now learnt that the majority of these egg cases are yellow'ish-white-ish
There was a 1937 paper by Marie Lebour in The Journal of Marine Biological Assocn of Plymouth (googling 'The eggs and larvae of the British prosobranchs' shows it,62 pages long NB, & was available as a PDF from Plymouth mba, but not currently as it seems they're having internet connection problems (& said "please be patient"). It looked very comprehensive & covered all gastropods except the Ophistobranchs. The only ones in 'capsules on bases' were those she termed vaselike (the 2 sting winkles & the dog whelk Nucella lapillus ) & the 'flask-like', the 3 'nassarius' (netted/thick-lipped/small dog whelks).The nassarius arent so elongate & the attachment to the substratum almost as wide as they are. Only Nucella fits your colour "yellowish,brown or purple"
NB I should have asked what size roughly,& particularly what they were attached to & whereabouts on the beach?