Magnificent Sea Anemone (Heteractis magnifica)

Also known as Hexacorals, Radianthus ritteri, Ritter's Radianthus, Ritteri Anemone, Ritteri, Purple Foot, Purple Foot Anemone, Magnificent Anemone, Coral Ornament Carpet Anemone.

Description

Previously known as Radianthus ritteri.
Also known as Hexacorals, Ritter's Radianthus, Ritteri Anemone, Ritteri Purple Foot, Purple Foot Anemone, Magnificent Anemone and Coral Ornament Carpet Anemone.

Found on coral and rocky reefs.
They feed on plankton.
Width to 90cm
Depth - 5-30m
Widespread Indo-Pacific

Host to 12 species of anemonefish.

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.

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