Curlique Anemone (Bartholomea annulata)

Also known as Anemone Bartholomea, Corkscrew Anemone, Curly Q Anemone, Curlycue Anemone, Hexacoral, Ringed Anemone, Ringed Sea Anemone, Rock Anemone, Trumpet Anemone

Description

Also known as Anemone Bartholomea, Corkscrew Anemone, Curly Q Anemone, Curlycue Anemone, Hexacoral, Ringed Anemone, Ringed Sea Anemone, Rock Anemone, Trumpet Anemone.

Found singly in crevices, holes, under ledges and rocky bottoms of coral and rocky reefs.
They feed on other anemones, crustaceans, small fish and zooplankton.
Colour varies from almost transparent to dark.
Length - 30cm
Depth - 1-30m
Widespread Western Atlantic, Caribbean

This anemone has venomous cell to sting and kill their prey of fish and shrimp before eating them.

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 anemonefish and some live commensally with various crabs, shrimp and brittle stars. Ref: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bartholomea_annulata

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