Animal Species:Jewel Anemone

The common Jewel Anemone lives on rocks and coastal structures such as piers in shaded, wave-exposed areas.

Southern Jewel Anemone

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Standard Common Name

Jewel Anemone

Identification

The tentacles of the anemone-like polyps of the Jewel Anemone have a small round ball at the tip that is usually more brightly coloured than the rest of the polyp, resembling a jewel.

Size range

1.5 cm

Distribution

The Jewel Anemone is found in south-eastern Australia.

Habitat

The Jewel Anemone is found in coastal waters, on rocky reefs and shores.

Other behaviours and adaptations

Often large colonies of Jewel Anemones cover the walls of underwater caves, with sheets of polyps connected by a single base. The edge of a colony is usually clearly defined as adjoining colonies are often a different colour. Cave walls can be a spectacular patchwork of different colours as colonies compete with each other for space.

Classification

Species:
australis
Genus:
Corynactis
Family:
Corallimorphidae
Order:
Corallimorpharia
Subclass:
Hexacorallia
Class:
Anthozoa
Phylum:
Cnidaria
Kingdom:
Animalia

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