PORT PHILLIP BAY


Anemone 

Edwardsia vivipara Carlgren, 1950

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Scientific Details

See below for information.

Taxonomy

Phylum:
Cnidaria
Class:
Anthozoa
Subclass:
Hexacorallia
Order:
Actiniaria
Suborder:
Nyantheae
Family:
Edwardsiidae
Genus:
Edwardsia
Species:
vivipara

General Description

At least 12 tentacles. Mouth area (oral disc) light grey. Tentacles light grey with dark grey bands. Tentacles and oral disc lie flat on the sand with the entire column buried. Column up to 6 cm long.

Biology

This species has a modified pedal disc at the base of the column called a "physa", it expands and allows the animal to anchor in soft sediments.

Habitat

On the sea floor, anchored in soft sediments, to depth of 10 m.

Soft substrates

Distribution guide

South Australia and Victoria.

Species Group

Anemones

Depth

Shallow (1-30 m)

Water Column

On or near sea floor

Max Size

6 cm

Diet

Carnivore

Commercial Species

No

Global Dispersal

Native to 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, Edwardsia vivipara, in Taxonomic Toolkit for marine life of Port Phillip Bay, Museum Victoria, accessed 25 Sep 2017, http://portphillipmarinelife.net.au:8098/species/5662

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