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Hell's Fire Anemone

Actinodendron plumosum


See in action in the video: Known as garaban in Philippines, the Hell's Fire Anemone Actinodendron plumosum looks more like a coral, but is actually a burrowing anemone. They bury their foot and body in the sand with only their oral disc and tentacles emerging. When disturbed they can retract their entire body into the sand and be virtually invisible. The Hell's Fire Anemone is one of the 'stinging sea anemones' in the Actinodendronidae family.


The garaban, or hell’s fire sea anemone (Actinodendron plumosum), is endemic to the seas of the Indo-Pacific, sometimes known as the Indo-West Pacific, a biogeographic region comprising the tropical waters of the Indian Ocean, the western and central Pacific Ocean, and those connecting them in Indonesia.

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The MnMs
The MnMs 2 months ago

Thanks for your comments!
@Daniele, I checked my Youtube video and similar videos with keywords such as fire stinging and burrowing in the sand until I saw one where someone mentioned this could be Actinodendron. Then I looked further until I found more info on this type of anemones. I am very happy to know what it is, ..finally! :-)

Christine Y.
Christine Y. 2 months ago

Amazing! I never knew anything like this existed. So cool!

Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 2 months ago

Thanks for the information and link Marta - very interesting !

DanielePralong 2 months ago

That's amazing Marta! How did you eventually ID it? Did you see another one or similar that got you searching again?

The MnMs
The MnMs 2 months ago

5 years later I have found the ID for this intriguing creature!! It is an anemone, check the video link, for its amazing behavior!

DanielePralong 5 years ago


Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 5 years ago

Indeed is amazing similar reaction from the feather worms.

The MnMs
The MnMs 5 years ago

Heheee..who would expect this to move (?) :-)

Jacob Gorneau
Jacob Gorneau 5 years ago

Beautiful! It looks like a fern!

Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 5 years ago

Super Marta el video es fabuloso :)

Bohol, Philippines

Lat: 9.52, Long: 123.68

Spotted on Oct 6, 2012
Submitted on Dec 28, 2012

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