PORT PHILLIP BAY


Swimming Anemone 

Phlyctenanthus australis Carlgren, 1949

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:
Phlyctenanthus
Species:
australis

General Description

Column covered in longitudinal rows of grey-blue vesicles. Tentacles about 100 in number, coloured red. Column up to 8 cm long and slightly smaller in width.

Biology

A green colour morph of this species was found in Sydney, New South Wales.

Habitat

On rocky platforms in the mid to low intertidal zone, to depth of 15 m.

Reefs

Coastal shores

Distribution guide

South-eastern Australia.

Species Group

Anemones

Depth

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

Water Column

On or near sea floor

Max Size

8 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, Swimming Anemone, Phlyctenanthus australis, in Taxonomic Toolkit for marine life of Port Phillip Bay, Museum Victoria, accessed 16 Dec 2017, http://portphillipmarinelife.net.au:8098/species/5669

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