PORT PHILLIP BAY


Jewel Anemone 

Corynactis australis Haddon & Duerden, 1896

View scientific description and taxonomy

Scientific Details

See below for information.

Taxonomy

Phylum:
Cnidaria
Class:
Anthozoa
Subclass:
Hexacorallia
Order:
Corallimorpharia
Family:
Corallimorphidae
Genus:
Corynactis
Species:
australis

General Description

Body pink. Tentacles have round, swollen tips (acrospheres). Column up to 2 cm wide.

Biology

Jewel Anemones live in groups, connected together by a thin sheet called a "coenenchyme". They may also be solitary.

Habitat

Reef areas, to depth of 30 m.

Reefs

Distribution guide

New Zealand and south-eastern Australia.

Species Group

Anemones

Depth

Shallow (1-30 m)

Water Column

On or near sea floor

Max Size

2 cm

Diet

Plankton or Particles

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, Jewel Anemone, Corynactis australis, in Taxonomic Toolkit for marine life of Port Phillip Bay, Museum Victoria, accessed 19 Aug 2017, http://portphillipmarinelife.net.au:8098/species/7753

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