Giant Carpet Anemone (Stichodactyla gigantea)

Also known as Carpet Anemone, Giant Carpet, Giant Carpet Sea Anemone, Gigantic Carpet Anemone, Gigantic Sea Anemone, Hexacoral, Magnificent Anemone

Description

Also known as Carpet Anemone, Giant Carpet, Giant Carpet Sea Anemone, Gigantic Carpet Anemone, Gigantic Sea Anemone, Hexacoral, Magnificent Anemone.

Found over rubble and sandy bottoms of coral and rocky reefs playing host to 7 types of anemone fish and their families.
They feed on fish fry, small invertebrates and zooplankton by catching in their sticky, stinging tentacles.
Length - 50cm
Depth - 2-30m
Widespread Indo-Pacific

Host to 7 species of anemonefish.
Barrier Reef Anemonefish - Amphiprion akindynos -
https://www.whatsthatfish.com/fish/barrier-reef-anemonefish/1352
Twoband Anemonefish - Amphiprion bicinctus -
https://www.whatsthatfish.com/fish/twoband-anemonefish/1774
Clark's 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
Clown Anemonefish - Amphiprion percula -
https://www.whatsthatfish.com/fish/clown-anemonefish/2314
Pink Anemonefish - Amphiprion perideraion -
https://www.whatsthatfish.com/fish/pink-anemonefish/1035
Northwest Australian Anemonefish - Amphiprion rubrocinctus -
https://www.whatsthatfish.com/fish/northwest-australian-anemonefish/2404

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/Stichodactyla_gigantea

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