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Hell's Fire Sea Anemone

Actinodendron plumosum

Description:

Also known as Fire Anemone, Pinnate Anemone, Sand Anemone, Knobby-tentacled Anemone, Beaded-tentacled Anemone, Tree Anemones and Branching Anemone. They feed on plankton, and grow to about 30cm. These anemones can give a very nasty sting hence the name. Clownfish don't naturally associate with this anemone, although some Periclimenes shrimp can be found with it.

Habitat:

Found on sandy areas of coral and rocky reefs. Widespread in the Indo-Pacific region.

Notes:

I took this photo at a depth of about 23m, at a dive site called Coral Gardens, near Talikud Island, Samal, Philippines.

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5 Comments

Dear Blogie,
This is Abdulhadi Aloufi, an Ecologist from Saudi Arabia. Actually i prepare a book about Venomous and poisonous animals of west of Saudi Arabia. So, i need this pictures .

Could you please provide me that, or allow me to use it.

Best wishes,
Abdulhadi

Blogie
Blogie 6 years ago

Thanks, glbnoah109!
Nope, there's no lionfish there. :)

glbnoah109
glbnoah109 6 years ago

Beautiful. By the way, is that a part of a Lion Fish in the center of the Anemone.
Also kudos on the details in the description, Habitat and Notes.

Blogie
Blogie 7 years ago

LOL @Leuba! Yeah, these critters I see underwater are truly amazing. I share my photos as much as I can so that more people will come to appreciate how important it is to conserve the marine environment.

Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 7 years ago

looks the over cooked broccolini I had last night. You are so lucky Blogie, seeing such amazing creatures.

Davao del Norte, Philippines

Lat: 6.94, Long: 125.67

Spotted on Dec 4, 2011
Submitted on Dec 5, 2011

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