Image: Waratah Anemones Illustration

Waratah Anemones Illustration

Waratah Anemones grow to about 4 cm across. At low tide they look like a dark red blob with a red centre. When the tide is in the red tentacles unfold in a circle around the mouth.

Creator:
Andrew Howells
Rights:
© Australian Museum

Notes

Waratah Anemones grow to about 4 cm across. At low tide they look like a dark red blob with a red centre. When the tide is in the red tentacles unfold in a circle around the mouth.

Waratah Anemones live on the rocky shores of Australia. They are found under rocks in the intertidal zone.

Waratah Anemones eat shrimp, worms and fish.

Waratah Anemones wait for prey to come past. Prey sticks to their many tentacles. They sting their prey to stop it getting away. The anemones pull their prey into their mouth with their tentacles.

Fish, crabs, starfish and some sea slugs all eat Waratah Anemones.

Baby Waratah Anemones come out of the mouth of their parent and look like miniatures adults.

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