Animal Species:White-striped Anemone

The White-striped Anemone is one of the most easily recognised anemones of Sydney's rocky shores.

White-striped Anemone showing mouth

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Standard Common Name

White-striped Anemone

Identification

The White-striped Anemone has distinctive white stripes on its column, an orange or green central disc, and many short white tentacles.

Size range

3 cm

Distribution

The White-striped Anemone is found from South Australia to New South Wales.

Habitat

White-striped Anemones live on intertidal rocky shores.

Feeding and Diet

The White-striped Anemone feeds by catching small animals in the water with its tentacles but can also shoot out stinging cells from holes in the sides of its column in defence.

Other behaviours and adaptations

The White-striped Anemone is common under rocky ledges near the edge of the low-tide line but also forms dense groupings on jetty pylons.

Classification

Species:
albocincta
Genus:
Anthothoe
Family:
Sagartiidae
Suborder:
Endocoelantheae
Order:
Actiniaria
Subclass:
Hexacorallia
Class:
Anthozoa
Phylum:
Cnidaria
Kingdom:
Animalia

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