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Phylum Cnidaria > Class Anthozoa > Subclass Zoantharia/Hexacorallia > Order Actiniaria
Common peachia anemone
Metapeachia tropica
Family Haloclavidae
updated Oct 2016

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 16 tentacles that are thick at the base and tapering at the tips. It has a cream-coloured body column. 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 called a conchula. At low tide it tucks its tentacles into its body column so the animal resembles a white striped blob.

Sometimes mistaken for Brown peachia anemone (Synpeachia temasek) which has a reddish-brown column, 20 tentacles, and a conchula. 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

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

Eating a crab?
Changi, Apr 08

Pulau Sekudu, Jun 04

Pasir Ris, Jul 09

Sisters Island, Jul 07

Sisters Island, May 08

With tentacles tucked in.
Sisters Island, Dec 08

Kusu Island, Apr 17
Photo shared by Choo Yi Feng on facebook.

Cyrene Reef, May 10

Common peachia anemones on Singapore shores

Photos of Common peachia anemones for free download from wildsingapore flickr

Distribution in Singapore on this wildsingapore flickr map

East Coast Park, Feb 16
Photo shared by Loh Kok Sheng on flickr.

Berlayar Creek, Oct 15
Photo shared by Marcus Ng on facebook.

Pulau Semakau, Nov 07
Photo shared by Lin Juanhui on her flickr

Terumbu Pempang Tengah, Mar 16
Photo shared by Marcus Ng on facebook.

Pulau Sudong, Dec 09
Photo shared by Toh Chay Hoon on her flickr.

Pulau Sudong, Dec 09
Photo shared by Toh Chay Hoon on her flickr.

Pulau Pawai, Dec 09
Photo shared by James Koh on his flickr.



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