PORT PHILLIP BAY


Swimming Anemone 

Phlyctenactis tuberculosa (Quoy & Gaimard, 1833)

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Scientific Details

See below for information.

Taxonomy

Phylum:
Cnidaria
Class:
Anthozoa
Subclass:
Hexacorallia
Order:
Actiniaria
Suborder:
Nyantheae
Family:
Actiniidae
Genus:
Phlyctenactis
Species:
tuberculosa

General Description

Body covered in orange to brown, striped sacs like bubbles. Tentacles lighter, yellow-orange. Up to 25 cm long.

Biology

Swimming Anemones feed at night. Their common name is somewhat misleading because they do not swim - they move a little by a side-to-side motion, but principally rely on rolling or tumbling with the tide and wave surges to find places to settle and attach to the seafloor.

Habitat

Algae and seagrasses, stranded in lower intertidal areas, to depth of 10 m.

Reefs

Seagrass meadows

Coastal shores

Distribution guide

Southern Australia.

Species Group

Anemones

Depth

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

Water Column

On or near sea floor

Max Size

25 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, Phlyctenactis tuberculosa, in Taxonomic Toolkit for marine life of Port Phillip Bay, Museum Victoria, accessed 02 Sep 2014, http://portphillipmarinelife.net.au/species/7751

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