PORT PHILLIP BAY


Orange and White Stripe Anemone 

Anthothoe albocincta (Hutton, 1878)

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Scientific Details

See below for information.

Taxonomy

Phylum:
Cnidaria
Class:
Anthozoa
Subclass:
Hexacorallia
Order:
Actiniaria
Suborder:
Nyantheae
Family:
Sargartiidae
Genus:
Anthothoe
Species:
albocincta

General Description

Trunk (column) orange with white stripes. Top mouth area orange. Column up to 2 cm wide.

Biology

Orange and White Stripe Anemones cast off thin threads (acontia) from small openings (cinclides) in the column and/or from the mouth as a defence mechanism. The threads contain stinging capsules (nematocysts) which can sting other animals.

Habitat

Rocky areas, to depth of 1 m.

Reefs

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, Orange and White Stripe Anemone, Anthothoe albocincta, in Taxonomic Toolkit for marine life of Port Phillip Bay, Museum Victoria, accessed 21 Sep 2017, http://portphillipmarinelife.net.au:8098/species/7749

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