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Phylum Cnidaria > Class Anthozoa > Subclass Zoantharia/Hexacorallia > Order Actiniaria
Peachia anemone
Peachia sp.
Family Haloclavidae
updated Mar 13

Where seen? This small sea anemone with a few fat tentacles that spread out flat is seen on some of our shores, especially in sheltered sandy areas. It is small and usually retracted into the sand at low tide so it may actually be quite common but overlooked.

Features: Diameter with tentacles expanded 4-5cm. One ring of a few tentacles (about 16 tentacles) that are thick at the base and tapering at the tips. It is usually seen with its tentacles flat on the surface, spaced out equally so that the anemone resembles a star. The oral disk and tentacles often have V-shaped chevron patterns in shades of white, pink, beige and brown.

A structure of 3-5 bumps in the middle of the mouth that sometimes protrudes out of the mouth.

Body column is beige or white, smooth with broad stripes along the length. At low tide it tucks its tentacles into its body column so the animal resembles a white striped blob. An 'uprooted' Peachia anemone is often mistaken for a sea cucumber or a worm. Here's more on how to tell apart sausage-like creatures.

Sisters Island, May 08

Bumps in the middle of the mouth

'Uprooted' anemone.
Changi, Nov 07

With tentacles tucked in.
Sisters Island, Dec 08

Bumps on a 'column' in the middle of the mouth.
Changi, Jun 11


Sisters Island, Jul 07

Sisters Island, May 08

Pulau Sekudu, Jun 04


Eating a crab?
Changi, Apr 08

Pasir Ris, Jul 09

Cyrene Reef, May 10

Peachia anemones on Singapore shores

Photos for free download from wildsingapore flickr
Distribution in Singapore on this wildsingapore flickr map

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