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Phylum Cnidaria > Class Anthozoa > Subclass Zoantharia/Hexacorallia > Order Actiniaria
Burgundy anemone
Bunodosoma goanense
Family Actiniidae
updated Nov 2019
Where seen? This large, fat, dark red anemone has its stronghold at Punggol. Here, many are seen attached to the large smooth boulders below the low water mark. The anemones are usually well spaced apart from one another. We have seen only one pair nestled next to one another. Single specimens have been seen on some other Northern shores. It was previously only known from India and possibly from Bangladesh.

Features: Diameter with tentacles expanded 5-8cm. Body, oral disk and tentacles the same dark red, burgundy colour. Sometimes with five pale or yellowish spots or bars around the mouth. Many short tapered tentacles. Body column thick and short and densely covered with regular rows of small non-sticky bumps. The animal attaches with its broad foot to smooth hard surfaces below the low water line. When exposed at low spring tide, it tucks its tentacles into its body column.

Punggol, Jul 11

Punggol, Jun 12

Pasir Ris, Jul 08

Punggol, Jul 11

Punggol, Jul 11

Punggol, Jul 11

Burgundy anemones on Singapore shores
On wildsingapore flickr

Other sightings on Singapore shores

Pulau Ubin, Oct 12
Photo shared by Loh Kok Sheng on his blog.

burgundy anemones @ punggol 01July2011 from SgBeachBum on Vimeo.

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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