This anemone is often mistaken for Oulactis muscosa, a species recently thought to be restricted to eastern areas of Victorian coastline. Frill around the top edge of the column, underneath the tentacles. Specialised stinging structures (acrorhagi) around the edge of the column, specialised adhesive structures (verrucae) on the upper column. Animal may be of various colours; white, green, yellow, light brown. Oral disc similar colour to that of the tentacles. Tentacles have a distinctive white spot patterning however this may be absent in some animals. Column up to 6 cm wide.
These anemones have microscopic algae (zooxanthellae) in the tentacles and upper column that turn sunlight into energy for the anemone (photosynthesis). The zooxanthellae may give the animal a grey appearance.
Rocky reef at low tide level and sand areas, commonly found attached to rocks buried in sandy substrates in low to sub-tidal intertidal zone, to depth of 5 m.
Western and central Victoria.
Native to Australia
- DSE Advisory List : Not listed
- EPBC Act 1999 : Not listed
- IUCN Red List : Not listed