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Phylum Cnidaria > Class Anthozoa > Subclass Zoantharia/Hexacorallia > Order Actiniaria
Pearly anemone
Paracondylactis sinensis*
Family Actiniidae
updated Nov 2019
Where seen? This large and somewhat featureless anemone is sometimes seen on our shores. In silty sand near seagrass meadows on sheltered shores, as well as sandy artificial swimming lagoons.

Features: Diameter with tentacles expanded 5-8cm. Many long, thick tapering tentacles that are translucent, usually unpatterned and beige or pinkish. The oral disk is also usually unpatterned and sometimes slightly darker than the tentacles. Body column smooth and plain without any bumps.
It retracts its tentacles into the body column when out of water.

Tanah Merah, Dec 09

This one had a bright red body column.
St John's Island, Nov 12

Chek Jawa, Sep 11

Tanah Merah, Dec 09

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

Pearly sea anemones on Singapore shores
On wildsingapore flickr

Other sightings on Singapore shores

Pasir Ris Park, Aug 20
Photo shared by Vincent Koh on facebook.

Tanah Merah, Dec 08
Photo shared by James Koh on his blog.

East Coast Park, Dec 08
Photo shared by Loh Kok Sheng on his blog.

East Coast Park, Aug 18
Photo shared by Loh Kok Sheng on facebook.

East Coast Park, Jun 15

Photo shared by Loh Kok Sheng on facebok.

Berlayar Creek, Apr 16
Photo shared by Loh Kok Sheng on flickr.

Seringat-Kias, Jun 09

Pulau Pawai, Dec 09
Photo shared by Ivan Kwan on his 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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