Magnificent Sea Anemone (Heteractis magnifica)

Also known as Coral Ornament Carpet Anemone, Giant Anemone, Hexacoral, Magnificent Anemone, Purple Foot Anemone, Ritteri Anemone

Description

Also known as Coral Ornament Carpet Anemone, Giant Anemone, Hexacoral, Magnificent Anemone, Purple Foot Anemone, Ritteri Anemone.

Found singly on hard bottoms that are exposed to current and light over coral and rocky reefs playing host to 12 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 - 1-50m
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. Ref: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heteractis_magnifica

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