Strawberry Anemone (Actinia fragacea)

Also known as Beadlet Anemone, Hexacoral, Strawberry Beadlet Anemone

Description

Also known as Beadlet Anemone, Hexacoral, Strawberry Beadlet Anemone.

Found singly or in colonies attached to boulders and rocks sometimes partially covered in gravel or half buried in the sand, over shallow shady coastal shorelines.
They feed on zooplankton.
In the winter these anemones migrate off-shore to prevent freezing.
Length - 10cm
Depth - 0-10m
Widespread North Atlantic, Mediterranean

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/Actinia_fragacea

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