PORT PHILLIP BAY


Anemone 

Epiactis thompsoni (Coughtrey, 1875)

View scientific description and taxonomy

Scientific Details

See below for information.

Taxonomy

Phylum:
Cnidaria
Class:
Anthozoa
Subclass:
Hexacorallia
Order:
Actiniaria
Suborder:
Nyantheae
Family:
Actiniidae
Genus:
Epiactis
Species:
thompsoni

General Description

Colour pattern varies, usually with red and pink. Column smooth with vertical stripes of cream and red. Tentacles about 40-60 in number, short in length. Column up to 1 cm long, 25 mm wide.

Biology

Very little is known about the biology of these animals.

Habitat

Under rocks, to depth of 10 m.

Seagrass meadows

Coastal shores

Distribution guide

New Zealand and south-eastern 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, Epiactis thompsoni, in Taxonomic Toolkit for marine life of Port Phillip Bay, Museum Victoria, accessed 21 Oct 2017, http://portphillipmarinelife.net.au:8098/species/5664

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