PORT PHILLIP BAY


Anemone 

Isophellia stela Cutress, 1971

View scientific description and taxonomy

Scientific Details

See below for information.

Taxonomy

Phylum:
Cnidaria
Class:
Anthozoa
Subclass:
Hexacorallia
Order:
Actiniaria
Suborder:
Nyantheae
Family:
Isophelliidae
Genus:
Isophellia
Species:
stela

General Description

Numerous thin tentacles. Column divided into two distinct regions: a short thin wall (a scapulous) and a thick wall (a scapus). Column about 2 cm long.

Biology

Very little is known about the biology of these animals.

Habitat

Sand, thought to be attached to worm (polychaetes) tubes, to depth of 22 m.

Soft substrates

Distribution guide

Port Phillip in Victoria.

Species Group

Anemones

Depth

Shallow (1-30 m)

Water Column

On or near sea floor

Max Size

2 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, Isophellia stela, in Taxonomic Toolkit for marine life of Port Phillip Bay, Museum Victoria, accessed 25 Nov 2017, http://portphillipmarinelife.net.au:8098/species/5666

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