PORT PHILLIP BAY


Anemone 

Aulactinia veratra (Drayton in Dana, 1846)

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Scientific Details

See below for information.

Taxonomy

Phylum:
Cnidaria
Class:
Anthozoa
Subclass:
Hexacorallia
Order:
Actiniaria
Suborder:
Nyantheae
Family:
Actiniidae
Genus:
Aulactinia
Species:
veratra

General Description

Trunk (column) with green tentacles around the top. Some species brown or with a red mouth. Column up to 8 cm wide.

Biology

This species retains water during low tide periods, making it swell-up and feel like jelly when touched.

Habitat

Rocky areas, including in crevices at mid tide level, to depth of 3 m.

Reefs

Coastal shores

Distribution guide

New Zealand and southern 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

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, Aulactinia veratra, in Taxonomic Toolkit for marine life of Port Phillip Bay, Museum Victoria, accessed 30 May 2017, http://portphillipmarinelife.net.au:8098/species/7750

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