Animal Species:Oulactis Anemone

The Oulactis Anemone is one of the most common anemones and can be found in rock pools.

Oulactis Anemone in rock pool

Dr Isobel Bennett © Australian Museum

Standard Common Name

Oulactis Anemone

Identification

The Oulactis Anemone is easy to recognise as it has a habit of collecting pieces of gravel and sand and sticking them between its tentacles. This often masks the true colour of the anemone, which usually has a green or grey column with white or dark spots and grey tentacles.

Size range

10 cm

Distribution

Oulactis Anemones are found from South Australia to southern Queensland.

Habitat

Oulactis Anemones are found on intertidal rocky shores.

Feeding and Diet

The Oulactis Anemone is specialised to feed on mussels that have been dislodged from their rocks by waves.

Other behaviours and adaptations

Touching the Oulactis Anemone will make it close away its tentacles, which will stick to your fingers. However, you won't feel any of the stinging cells and you can easily pull your finger loose.

Classification

Species:
mucosa
Genus:
Oulactis
Family:
Actiniidae
Order:
Actiniaria
Subclass:
Hexacorallia
Class:
Anthozoa
Phylum:
Cnidaria
Kingdom:
Animalia

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