Mini Carpet Anemone (Stichodactyla tapetum)

Also known as Actinarian, Adhesive Sea Anemone, Carpet Sea Anemone, Hexacoral, Mini Carpet, Miniature Carpet Anemone, Pizza Anemone, Tiny Carpet Anemone

Description

Also known as Actinarian, Adhesive Sea Anemone, Carpet Sea Anemone, Hexacoral, Mini Carpet, Miniature Carpet Anemone, Pizza Anemone, Tiny Carpet Anemone.

Found singly over mixed rubble and sand substrates and in seagrass beds on coral and rocky reefs.
They feed on plankton.
Width - 6cm
Depth - ?m
Widespread Indo-Pacific

Host to a range of 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: http://www.wildsingapore.com/wildfacts/cnidaria/actiniaria/tapetum.htm

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