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Club-tipped anemone

Corynactis californica


Also called strawberry anemone, is a bright red colonial anthozoan similar to sea anemones and scleractinian stony corals. It grows no larger than 2.5 centimeters. The anemone is always bright red with transparent to white tentacles that are bulbous at the tips. The strawberry anemone resembles sea anemones in that they lack a calcareous skeleton, but are closer related to stony corals in that they lack basilar muscles.


The anemone is known to carpet the bottom of some areas, like Campbell River in British Columbia, and Monterey Bay in California.The strawberry anemone is found in water deeper than ten feet and may not be visible in intertidal pools. When held and raised in captivity, the strawberry anemone may be fed on tiny crustaceans including brine shrimp. These have been photographed in the Aquarium of the Bay, SF.

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Spotted on Sep 15, 2014
Submitted on Nov 23, 2014

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