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Anemone, Beadlet (Actinia equina)

Anemone, Beadlet
Anemone, Beadlet

This stunningly bright anemone has a wide array of colour variation from green to red. It has up to 192 tentacles, arranged in 6 circles. When out of the water, the anemone retracts its tentacles and appears as a jelly-like blob. It is a small anemone and rarely reaches more than 6cm in diameter.


Fun Facts...

These sea anemones spend a good deal of time out of the water or even covered by sand, so they contract to conserve water.
They have three main defensive behaviours: inflation of the body column to reduce damaged areas, the sting of their tentacles and detachment off the subtrate, to escape predation. 


Location...

Found in the North Atlantic Ocean and Mediterranean Sea.  Highest concentration are around the British Isles.  Populations also exist stretching down Africa's Atlantic coast.



Habitat...

Found in rockpools, coastal areas and even estuaries.  These tough anemones can cope with wide variations in salinity, water flow and temperature.



Diet...
Bivalve molluscs, insects and isopods.

Not Evaluated

Anemone, Bubble tip (Entacmaea quadricolor)

Anemone, Bubble tip
Anemone, Bubble tip

In the wild, this anemone is a natural home for several species of anemone fish, as predators cannot catch them through the anemone's stinging tentacles. Anemone fish include many species of clownfish

Often pink in colour, this anemone is characterised by the bubble looking tip of its antennae, and can grow to a diameter of 30cm

These anemone form a symbiotic relationship with a species of zooxanthellae algae and so energy is obtained by photosynthesis


Fun Facts...

Anemone fish do not live rent-free; they chase away polyp-eating fish trying to feed on the anemone, and the anemone also gets fertiliser from the fish faeces!


Location...

Widespread in the Indo-Pacific region.



Habitat...

Found on coral reefs and rocky outcrops. This anemone prefers places with plenty of sunlight for photosynthesis, and a medium water flow.



Diet...
Nutrients from filter-feeding and energy from photosynthesis

Not Evaluated

Anemone, Dahlia (Urticina felina)

Anemone, Dahlia
Anemone, Dahlia

Dahlias are large anemones (base up to 15cm diameter) with up to 160 stout tentacles. Individuals from offshore tend to be larger. The colouration is variable, ranging through white, yellow, orange, red, blue, grey, purple and brown. The tentacles are usually banded but may be plain.


Fun Facts...

Like many other anemones, this species uses "nematocysts" which are stinging cells on the end of their tentacles to paralyse large prey.


Location...

Found on all coasts of the British Isles and Northwest Europe.



Habitat...

Attaches very firmly to rocks and boulders, typically in crevices, sometimes forming dense carpets. This species thrives in areas with strong wave action. Also occurs in estuaries where hard substrata are present.



Diet...
Carnivorous: shrimp, crabs, mussels and small fish.

Not Evaluated

Anemone, Parasitic (Calliactis parasitica)

Anemone, Parasitic
Anemone, Parasitic

Parasitic anemones have a base of about 8cm in diameter and can grow to a height of 10cm. They have numerous, moderately sized tentacles which are yellowish, orange or cream in colour. The main column is yellow or brown with red or brown freckles or sometimes stripes.

Unlike the same suggests, the parasitic anemone is not actually parasitic as it lives on the shell of the crab and causes the crab itself, no harm. In fact the crab benefits from having the anemone living on its shell as it defends their home with its stinging tentacles. In return, the anemone gets a free ride to different feeding grounds, grabbing food as the crab scuttles along!


Fun Facts...

This species is usually associated with the common hermit crab. The relationship between them is called a mutualistic or symbiotic relationship, as both species benefit!


Location...

Found in the northeast Atlantic, including the English Channel, coasts of southwest Europe and in the Mediterranean.



Habitat...

Usually found on the backs of crabs, especially the hermit crab. May also be found on rocks in shore in sheltered locations.



Diet...
Molluscs and plankton.

Not Evaluated

Anemone, Plumose (Metridium senile)

Anemone, Plumose
Anemone, Plumose
The plumose anemone has a base which is wider than its mouth, and often irregular. When expanded, the tentacles form a 'plume' above a parapet at the top of the smooth column. Large individuals can be up to 30cm high. Occasionally red or yellow colour varieties can be found, but commonly they are white, orange, dark green or brown/grey.
Fun Facts...
They grow at a rate of 0.6 - 0.8mm a day! Their predators include a species of seaslug and a sea spider!
Location... All British and Irish coasts and the northwest Atlantic.

Habitat... Attached to any suitable hard surface in overhangs, caves, beneath boulders, and rock faces to at least 100m.

Diet...
Plankton, zooplankton, small fish.

Not Evaluated

Anemone, Snakelock (Anemonia viridis)

Anemone, Snakelock
Anemone, Snakelock

The snakelock anemone is distinguished by its long green tentacles. The reason the tentacles are green is because it allows photosynthetic zooxathellae algae to grown within its tissues.

The tips of the tentacles can sometimes be purple and they are the longest of all sea anemones.

The anemone has over 200 tentacles, each lined with stinging cells called cnidocysts


Fun Facts...

The snakelock anemone has a symbiotic relationship with majid spider crab and also Bucchichi's goby of which they are both immune of the anemones sting. 


Location...

Found in the Mediterranean Sea from Portugal, north to west coasts of Great Britain and also along the African coast south to the Straits of Gibraltar.



Habitat...

Inhabits shallow water and usually attaches itself to rocks, kelp or eel-grass.



Diet...
Feeds on planktonic and benthic crustaceans and also molluscs.

Not Evaluated

Angelfish, Emperor (Pomacanthus imperator)

Angelfish, Emperor
Angelfish, Emperor

Like most angelfish, the colour of this species depends on its ageJuveniles are dark blue with white stripes and circles. Adults have strong yellow horizontal stripes down the sides of their body. They reach a length of about 40cm.


Fun Facts...
When mating, these angelfish form distinct pairs. Both young and adults may be found cleaning much larger fish, such as sunfish. 
Location...

Can be found in the Indo-Pacific, from the Red Sea and East Africa, to Hawaii, southern Japan and down to the Great Barrier Reef.



Habitat...

Living mainly on protected shoreline reefs from 3-15m deep, often rich in hard and soft corals. This species of angelfish prefers sheltered spots and will seek out boulders, caves and coral crevices to retreat to when feeling threatened.



Diet...
Omnivore: Coral, crustaceans, small fish, algae.

Least Concern

Anthias, Lyre tail (Pseudanthias squamipinnis)

Anthias, Lyre tail
Anthias, Lyre tail

Lyre-tail anthias are also know as Indian Ocean wreck fish and sea goldies. They are sexually dimorphic as males vary in colour from bright red, pink or orange with lighter coloured bands of white or yellow across a third of the body. Females are yellow, with a pink or purple stripe running from the eye towards the pelvic fins. They grow to a length of about 15cm.


Fun Facts...

These fish live in harems of one male and about eight females. When the male dies, the larger, more dominant female will change sex into a male and take over the territory. 


Location...

Found in the Indo-West Pacific from the Red Sea to South Africa, then east to Australia and north to Japan.



Habitat...

Inhabits coral outcrops or patch reefs of clear lagoons, channels or outer reef slopes. 



Diet...
Feeds on zooplankton

Not Evaluated

Axolotl (Ambystoma mexicanum)

Axolotl
Axolotl

Axolotls are paedomorphic aquatic salamanders, meaning that they retain certain larval characteristics in the adult state. They have feathery external gills and finned tails for swimming.

Most wild axolotls are a dark mottled brownish-green colour where as those in captivity are usually albino.

They reach a length of 20cm but have been known to grow as long as 30cm.

The word axolotl comes from the native Aztec language and roughly translates to water slave or water sprite. In Aztec lore, Xolotl was a god and transformed himself into an axolotl to escape banishment.


Fun Facts...

During courtship, a pair of axolotl will be seen doing a 'waltz' with both animals moving in a circle. This leads to the male shaking his body, resembling a 'hula dance' with the female then mimicking his moves.


Location...

This species is kwonn only from central Mexico, on the southern edge of Mexico City.



Habitat...

Native to the ancient water system of canals and wetlands in Mexico City and requires deep-water with abundant aquatic vegetation.



Diet...
Will eat anything they can catch (molluscs, fish, arthropods) and are generally the top predator in their natural habitats.

Critically Endangered
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