Also known as Hexacoral, Mediterranean Sea Anemone, Opelet Anemone, Wax Rose.
Found singly or in colonies, living symbiotically with algae, in the sunniest of rock pools, over shallow waters of coral and rocky reefs. The algae needs the sun to flourish and the snakelocks needs the algae to survive, otherwise they start to turn a dull grey and die! This sea anemone has some of the longest tentacles compared to other anemones.
They feed on plankton.
Length - 8cm
Depth - 0-20m
Widespread Eastern Atlantic, Mediterranean
This anemone has a symbiotic relationship with Gobius bucchichi - Bucchich's Goby.
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/Snakelocks_anemone