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Striated actinia

Actinia striata Rizzi

Description:

Animal Kingdom; Phylum: Cnidaria; Class Anthozoa; Subclass Hexacorallia; Order Actiniaria; Suborder Enthemonae; Superfamily: Actinioidea: Family: Actinidae. Actinia striata is a solitary sea anemone. The cylindrical column can grow to a height and diameter of 3 cm (1.2 in) and the foot flares out to a diameter of 6 cm (2.4 in). The crown consists of six whorls of tentacles making 196 tentacles in all. The column is variable in color, smooth and finely striated, reddish, dull green or brown, with darker streaks. The tentacles are reddish or greenish and the oral disc is plain red and somewhat transparent. The tentacles can be fully retracted, and then the sea anemone resembles a striped gelatinous mound.

Habitat:

On the underside of a loose stone on the rocky bottom of the Mediterranean coast. Little hydrodynamism. Punta de La Raja (La Manga. Murcia).

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2 Comments

Deny
Deny 8 months ago

Sweet

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 8 months ago

What an amazing looking creature. I would wear a beanie like that.

eulalia rubio
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eulalia rubio

La Manga, Región de Murcia, Spain

Spotted on Aug 17, 2020
Submitted on Aug 17, 2020

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