Giant Anemone (Condylactis gigantea)

Also known as Atlantic Anemone, Ball Anemone, Caribbean Anemone, Condy Anemone, Condylactis Anemone, Florida Anemone, Giant Caribbean Anemone, Giant Caribbean Sea Anemone, Giant Condy Anemone, Giant Golden Anemone, Giant Sea Anemone, Haitian Anemone, Hexacoral, Pink-tipped Anemone, Purple-tipped Anemone

Description

Also known as Atlantic Anemone, Ball Anemone, Caribbean Anemone, Condy Anemone, Condylactis Anemone, Florida Anemone, Giant Caribbean Anemone, Giant Caribbean Sea Anemone, Giant Condy Anemone, Giant Golden Anemone, Giant Sea Anemone, Haitian Anemone, Hexacoral, Pink-tipped Anemone, Purple-tipped Anemone.

Found attached too hard objects or wedged into recesses of coral rubble and sand areas often partially or completely hidden from view over shallow lagoons, coral and rocky reefs.
Varies in colour and the tips are often different colours.
They feed on fish, invertebrates and zooplankton.
Length - 30cm
Depth - 4-10,000m
Widespread Western Atlantic, Caribbean

These anemones are not associated with any Clownfish although are associated with various fish and crustaceans.

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. Ref: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Condylactis_gigantea

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