PORT PHILLIP BAY


Anemone 

Anthopleura aureoradiata (Stuckey, 1909)

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Scientific Details

See below for information.

Taxonomy

Phylum:
Cnidaria
Class:
Anthozoa
Subclass:
Hexacorallia
Order:
Actiniaria
Suborder:
Nyantheae
Family:
Actiniidae
Genus:
Anthopleura
Species:
aureoradiata

General Description

Column light brown. Mouth area (oral disc) with brown stripes. Tentacles white and speckled cream. Specialised structures (acrorhagi or spherules) present around the top edge of the column. Column about 2 cm long and 1 cm wide.

Biology

Reside in large conglomerations on jetty pylons but are also often found individually attached to gastropods buried in sand.

Habitat

Attached to substrata in intertidal areas, to depth of 2 m.

Seagrass meadows

Coastal shores

Distribution guide

New Zealand and Australia.

Species Group

Anemones

Depth

Shore (0-1 m)
Shallow (1-30 m)

Water Column

On or near sea floor

Max Size

2 cm

Diet

Carnivore

Commercial Species

No

Global Dispersal

Recorded in Australia

Identify

Conservation Status

  • DSE Advisory List : Not listed
  • EPBC Act 1999 : Not listed
  • IUCN Red List : Not listed

Author

article author Mitchell, M.

Michela Mitchell is a consultant with expertise in cnidarian taxonomy.

citation

Cite this page as:
Mitchell, M., 2011, Anemone, Anthopleura aureoradiata, in Taxonomic Toolkit for marine life of Port Phillip Bay, Museum Victoria, accessed 25 Jul 2017, http://portphillipmarinelife.net.au:8098/species/4155

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