[Coral-List] animated anemone

Camilla Floros cfloros at ori.org.za
Tue Jul 29 03:03:44 EDT 2008

Good day coral list


Last week while on a sampling trip, we came across a remarkable anemone. It
resembled a carpet anemone with red edges and a cream centre, and I would
say the disk was about 20cm in diameter. The remarkable bit was that when
touched the anemone instantly withdrew or rather jumped backwards into the
small crevice it was resting on. The movement was so rapid that there was
little time to realise what was happening and the anemone could not be seen
it had withdrawn so far into the crevice. I would very much like to know if
anyone has seen similar behaviour or has any suggestion as to what genus
this anemone might belong to. 






Camilla Floros
Oceanographic Research Institute
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