Corkscrew Anemone (Macrodactyla doreensis)

Also known as Corkscrew Tentacle Sea Anemone, Hexacoral, Long Tentacle Anemone, Long Tentacle Red Base Anemone, Long-tentacled Anemone, Noodle Anemone, Peppermint Anemone, Red Base Anemone, Sand Anemone, Snaky Sea Anemone

Description

Also known as Corkscrew Tentacle Sea Anemone, Hexacoral, Long Tentacle Anemone, Long Tentacle Red Base Anemone, Long-tentacled Anemone, Noodle Anemone, Peppermint Anemone, Red Base Anemone, Sand Anemone, Snaky Sea Anemone.

Found over mud, rubble and sandy bottoms of coral and rocky reefs, often without fish present, although can host 5 different types of anemone fish and their families.
They feed on fish fry, small invertebrates and zooplankton.
Length - 50cm
Depth - 0-5m
Widespread Indo-West Pacific

Host to 5 species of anemonefish
Orange-finned Anemonefish - Amphiprion chrysopterus - https://www.whatsthatfish.com/fish/orangefinned-anemonefish/1196
Clarks Anemonefish - Amphiprion clarkii - https://www.whatsthatfish.com/fish/clarks-anemonefish/62
False Clown Anemonefish - Amphiprion ocellaris - https://www.whatsthatfish.com/fish/false-clown-anemonefish/61
Pink Anemonefish - Amphiprion perideraion - https://www.whatsthatfish.com/fish/pink-anemonefish/1035
Threespot dascyllus - Dascyllus trimaculatus - https://www.whatsthatfish.com/fish/threespot-dascyllus/271

Sea Anemones are large solitary polyps which have no skeleton. They have a basal or pedal disc which helps them crawl and dig into place, for some, once in place it is virtually impossible to move. Other smaller anemones move around the reef to feed at night.
Most eat plankton, but they are capable of eating anything caught in their stinging tentacles including quite big fish.
The fringing tentacles are configured in six or multiples of six.
Some sea anemones have a symbiotic relationship with sea anemones and some live commensally with various crabs, shrimp and brittle stars. (edit) Ref: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Macrodactyla_doreensis

0 comments

Leave a comment

Known Sightings / Photograph Locations

Share this: