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Phylum Cnidaria > Class Anthozoa > Subclass Zoantharia/Hexacorallia > Order Actiniaria
Branched-tentacle mangrove anemone
Pelocoetes exul
Family Haliactiidae
updated Nov 2019
Where seen? This small anemone with branching tentacles is sometimes seen in soft mudflats near mangroves and freshwater flows at the Kranji Dam sluice gate. It is often found among Petal-mouthed mangrove anemones, in much smaller numbers.

Features: Diameter with tentacles expanded about 2cm. Few transparent tentacles. Each tentacle is branched at least once ending in tapering tips, with narrow white rings where the tentacles branch or attach to the oral disk. Oral disk tiny. Body column pale with fine white stripes.

Kranji, Jul 09

Branched-tentacle mangrove anemones on Singapore shores
On wildsingapore flickr

Grateful thanks to Prof Daphne Fautin for identifiying this anemone.


  • D. G. Fautin, R. Tan, N. W. L. Yap, Tan S. H., A. Crowther, R. Goodwill, K. Sanpanich & Tay Y. C. Sea anemones (Cnidaria: Actiniaria) of Singapore: shallow water species known also from the Indian subcontinent. 10 July 2015 The Comprehensive Marine Biodiversity Survey: Johor Straits International Workshop (2012) The Raffles Bulletin of Zoology 2015 Supplement No. 31, Pp. 44-59.
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