Animal Species:Swimming Anemone

The Swimming Anemone is the largest anemone commonly seen in Sydney's rock pools.

Swimming Anemone

Dr Isobel Bennett © Australian Museum

Standard Common Name

Swimming Anemone

Alternative Name/s

Beach Ball, Brain Anemone

Identification

The colour of the tentacles and central column of the Swimming Anemone can be red, yellow, orange or blue, and they are often striped.

Size range

15 cm

Distribution

Swimming Anemones are found throughout the waters of southern Australia, from Western Australia to New South Wales.

Habitat

Swimming Anemones are found on intertidal rocky shores.

Other behaviours and adaptations

The Swimming Anemone is sometimes found attached to algae or rocks but is able to move around freely. It can crawl along the bottom or drift with the current. During the day the tentacles are usually collapsed but at night the anemone moves to the tips of plants to feed. Compared with other anemones, the Swimming Anemone is quite an agile predator.

Classification

Species:
tuberculosa
Genus:
Phlyctenactis
Family:
Actiniidae
Suborder:
Endocoelantheae
Order:
Actiniaria
Subclass:
Hexacorallia
Class:
Anthozoa
Phylum:
Cnidaria
Kingdom:
Animalia

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2 comments

frances26 - 9.01 PM, 30 January 2011
Taken at Terrigal, NSW, January 2011 ... was the biggest I have seen ... size of a volley ball! F
frances26 - 9.01 PM, 30 January 2011
Here is a photo I took that you might want to use. Cheers, Frances

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