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Phylum Cnidaria > Class Anthozoa > Subclass Zoantharia/Hexacorallia > Order Actiniaria
Small hermit-hitching anemone
awaiting identification*
updated Nov 2019

Where seen? This small anemone is sometimes seen on shells occupied by hermit crabs on our Northern shores.

Features: Diameter with tentacles extended 1-2cm. Many short tapering tentacles, semi-transparent some with pale brown bands. Body column short, smooth and not covered in sediments, pale some with faint stripes. Oral disk white or with white radiating stripes. Sometimes, a single single shell may bear two or three of these anemones.

Big anemones are also seen on shells occupied by hermit crabs. While other anemones hitch a ride on the shell of living snails.

With a sea anemone on its shell.
Changi, Apr 04

Hermit half buried, with its sea anemones.
Changi, Apr 07

*Species are difficult to positively identify without close examination.
On this website, they are grouped by external features for convenience of display

Small hermit-hitching anemones on Singapore shores
On wildsingapore flickr

Other sightings on Singapore shores

Changi, Jun 07

Changi, Jul 07

Pulau Hantu, Nov 09
Photo shared by James Koh on his blog.

Changi, May 14
Photo shared by Marcus Ng on flickr.

East Coast Park, Jun 15

Photo shared by Loh Kok Sheng on facebook.

Cyrene Reef, Feb 16
Photo shared by Marcus Ng on facebook.
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