Anthothoe albocincta Click to enlarge image
White-striped Anemone, Anthothoe albocincta, showing close up of mouth Image: Kevin Deacon
© Kevin Deacon

Fast Facts

  • Classification
    Species
    albocincta
    Genus
    Anthothoe
    Family
    Sagartiidae
    Suborder
    Endocoelantheae
    Order
    Actiniaria
    Subclass
    Hexacorallia
    Class
    Anthozoa
    Phylum
    Cnidaria
    Kingdom
    Animalia
  • Size Range
    3 cm

Introduction

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

Identification

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

Habitat

White-striped Anemones live on intertidal rocky shores.

Distribution

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

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.