Beadlet Anemone

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Description of the Beadlet Anemone

The Beadlet Anemone is a common sea anemone found on rocky shores around the United Kingdom, Western Europe and the Mediterranean. It has up to 192 tentacles arranged in six circles and it can be up to 5cm in diameter. If the Beadlet sea anemone is taken out of the water, it retracts it tentacles and looks similar in appearance to a blob of jelly!

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Beadlet Anemone

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Popular Name: Beadlet Anemone
Species: Actinia equina

Profile of the Beadlet Anemone
This Profile contains interesting facts and information about the Beadlet Anemone species.

  • Size: 5cm 

  • Diet / Feeding: Small animals and plant material that are paralysed by the toxin released from its tentacles

  • Temperament: Has a symbiotic relationship with anemone fish who lay their eggs on the sea anemone and use it for protection from predators

  • Habitat: Attach themselves to the sea bed, rocks or other submerged articles, can also attach themselves to other marine life such as Hermit Crab shells

  • Range: Coast of United Kingdom. Western Europe and Mediterranean

Scientific Classification of the Beadlet Anemone
Definition: Scientific classification, or biological classification, is how biologists group and categorize species of organisms with shared physical characteristics. Scientific classification belongs to the science of taxonomy.

  • Species: Actinia equina

  • Popular Name: Beadlet Anemone

  • Kingdom: Animalia

  • Phylum: Cnidaria

  • Class: Anthozoa

  • Order: Actiniaria

  • Family: Actiniidae

Interesting Information about Sea Anemones
Sea Anemones are named after the Anemone flower. They are a predatory animal that releases a toxin to paralyse its prey. The prey is then moved into the anemones gastro vascular cavity. The poison secreted by a sea anemone affects fish and crustaceans. The Clown Fish or Anemonefish however has a mutually symbiotic relationship with the sea anemone, they are not affected by its poison and live among its tentacles, indeed laying their eggs on the anemone itself. The clownfish uses the sea anemone as a form of defence from larger predators.

Sea Anemones - Anatomy - Beadlet Anemone
The sea anemone has just one external opening. This single opening acts as both a mouth and an anus. All waste and undigested material is excreted through this opening. A sea anemone has no sense organs, its nervous system is very primitive but it does have nerves and muscles. The anemone doesn't have a skeleton, it keeps itself stable by closing its mouth enabling it to stay rigid.


Sea Anemones - Movement - Beadlet Anemone
Can a sea anemone move? Although sea anemones usually remain static, they can use their pedal disc to move slowly flexing their body or using their tentacles to swim slowly to another location. They can attach themselves to a rock, the sea bed or the shell of a crustacean, a hermit crab for example. A sea anemone will only move location if they are attacked by a predator or the conditions of the water are unsuitable.

Interesting Facts and Information about Beadlet Anemone

Beadlet Anemone

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  • Facts about Fish Species - Does the Beadlet Anemone have a skeleton?

  • Species: Actinia equina

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