Aggregating anemone

Gili Orr

Haarlem, Netherlands

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“Aggregating anemone” was featured in the group Underwater & Sealife.

Photo taken in June 2005 in Monterey Bay Aquarium, California, with a Canon PowerShot S70 camera.

The giant green anemone (Anthropleura elegantissima) looks like a beautiful flower, but it’s really an animal.

Aggregating anemones, elegant flowerlike animals, have a tube-shaped body crowned with tentacles. Two types of microscopic algae live in the anemones’ tissues and give them their green color—anemones without algae are white. The algae supply food to the anemones, and the anemones bend toward or away from the light to provide the algae with the proper amount of light needed for photosynthesis.

Anemones are voracious feeders that eat almost anything. Stinging cells (nematocysts) on their tentacles paralyze small prey animals. Anemones can even ingest small crabs and then spew out the shells.

Source: Monterey Bay Aquarium: Online Field Guide.

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