Hemprich's Anemone (Heterodactyla hemprichi)

Also known as Hexacoral


Also known as Hexacoral.

Found singly, inside cracks or attached to hard surfaces, over shallow coastal reefs. Colour varies in different shades of green.
They feed on zooplankton.
Width - 30cm
Depth - 0-8m
Widespread Indo-Pacific

This anemone is usually partnered with Periclimenes shrimps and not with any clown fish.

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/Heterodactyla_hemprichii


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