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Hell's Fire Sea Anemone

Actinodendron plumosum


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.


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


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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Blogie 6 years ago

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

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 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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