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Elephant Ear Anemone

Amplexidiscus fenestrafer

Description:

The Elephant Ear Anemone, also known as Balloon Corallimorph, is a single-polyp, free-living cnidarian (unlike most coral species, which live in and form 'communities'). It has a circular disc with short tentacles and, like all sea anemones and corallimorphs, has a central mouth. There is a smooth ring near the edge of the disc that is lighter in color and has no tentacles.

Habitat:

Based on my personal observation, these corallimorphs seem to like sandy bottoms or rubble areas near coral reefs.

Notes:

The picture series shows two individuals: the first one is shown in the first three photos. The fourth photo shows a juvenile individual. The first one measured about 25cm across; the second about 12cm.

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2 Comments

Blogie
Blogie 8 years ago

@ArgyBee - LOL! It's funny sometimes, how a lot of marine creatures are named after terrestrial animals or animal parts. :D

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 8 years ago

Amazing creatures Blogie. (elephants might be insulted tho)

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Davao Del Norte, Philippines

Spotted on Aug 12, 2012
Submitted on Aug 12, 2012

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