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Aggregating anemone

Anthopleura elegantissima

Description:

This anemone is generally green with pink or purple tipped tentacles. The exact shade of green varies depending on the presence and ratio of two single-celled symbiotic organisms in its tissues; a green algae and an olive or golden brown dinoflagellate. Without the symbiont, they appear grayish or white except for the pink on their tentacles.

Habitat:

Spotted next to rocks exposed at low tide.

Notes:

Anthopleura elegantissima has a rather general diet, feeding on small animals that it captures with its tentacles, barnacle molts, and other dead animal material.

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21 Comments

Brian38
Brian38 2 months ago

Thanks very much Leuba.

Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 2 months ago

That is a beauty - Congratulations Brian38.

Brian38
Brian38 2 months ago

Thanks very much Mauna.

Brian38
Brian38 2 months ago

Thanks Tukup and Michael for you kind words. Yes Tukup I've started exploring the Olympic peninsula, but I don't have as much time as I would like.

mauna Kunzah
mauna Kunzah 2 months ago

Congrats, Brian! Very cool.

Michael Strydom
Michael Strydom 2 months ago

Congrats!! Beautiful colours :)

Tukup
Tukup 2 months ago

Been traveling Brian and just saw this. Well deserved SOTD. Congratulations.

Brian38
Brian38 2 months ago

Thank you so much Sukanya!

SukanyaDatta
SukanyaDatta 2 months ago

Wow...congratulations,Brian.It is truly a lovely spotting.

Brian38
Brian38 2 months ago

Thank you so much Neil!

Neil Ross
Neil Ross 2 months ago

Congrats, Brian. This is an awesome spotting.

Brian38
Brian38 2 months ago

Thank you António, Sergio and Mark for all the kind words!

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 2 months ago

Nice series Brian. Congrats!!

Sergio Monteiro
Sergio Monteiro 2 months ago

Congratulations.

Gorgeous Brian,beautiful collours,congrats on the well deserved SOTD and thanks for sharing

Brian38
Brian38 2 months ago

Thank you so much Daniele!

DanielePralong
DanielePralong 2 months ago

Pastel colors! Congratulations Brian, your Aggregating Anemone is our Spotting of the Day! And a perfect fit for our new 2019 mission ;-)

"This crown of green tentacles tipped in pink belong to an Aggregating Anemone (Anthopleura elegantissima), our Spotting of the Day! This relatively common intertidal species is found along the Pacific coast of North America. The green color comes from symbiotic organisms that live in the anemone's tissues. Project Noah member Brian38 writes: "The exact shade of green varies depending on the presence and ratio of two single-celled symbiotic organisms in its tissues; a green algae and an olive or golden brown dinoflagellate. Without the symbiont, they appear grayish or white except for the pink on their tentacles".
Learn more about aggregating anemones from the Monterey Bay Aquarium site: https://buff.ly/2SyGcTJ ""

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Brian38
Brian38 2 months ago

Thanks for that link Tukup!

Tukup
Tukup 2 months ago

Hi Brian. Thanks for sharing that. I didn't realize they could survive out of water. You prompted me to do some research. Score another for PN. Thanks.

http://factsanddetails.com/world/cat53/s...

Brian38
Brian38 2 months ago

Thanks much Neil! They really are beautiful and unique creatures.

Neil Ross
Neil Ross 2 months ago

Beautiful spotting, Brian. That first photo looks almost tribal. Anemones are amazing creatures.

Brian38
Spotted by
Brian38

Washington, USA

Lat: 47.90, Long: -122.52

Spotted on Feb 24, 2019
Submitted on Feb 27, 2019

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