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Phylum Cnidaria > Class Anthozoa > Subclass Zoantharia/Hexacorallia > Order Actiniaria > Genus Phymanthus
Plain frilly sea anemone
Phymanthus sp.*
Family Phymantidae
updated Oct 2016

Where seen? This greenish frilly sea anemone is seen on many of our shores. Usually among coral rubble.

Features: Diameter with tentacles extended 8-12cm. Tentacles with many fine 'branches'. Generally all the tentacles are same uniform colour usually brown, greenish or greyish. 'Branches' are generally the same colour as the tentacles, but may be outlined in white. Oral disk dark with a broad border of pale or white bars that form a pattern resembling petals when the disk is expanded. Small dark spots throughout the oral disk. Body column dark with rows of small white bumps (verrucae).

Sisters Island, Jul 06

Spitting out something?
Labrador, Aug 07

Body column dark with white verrucae.
Sisters Island, Jan 04

Dark oral disk with
broad white border and spots.


Pulau Tekukor, May 07

Sentosa, Oct 03

Sentosa, Jan 06

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

Plain frilly sea anemones on Singapore shores

Photos of Plain frilly sea anemones for free download from wildsingapore flickr

Distribution in Singapore on this wildsingapore flickr map


Terumbu Buran, Jan 10
Photo shared by Loh Kok Sheng on flickr.

Pulau Jong, Apr 11
Photo shared by Sam Yeo on facebook.


Pulau Semakau East, Jan 16
Photo shared by Geraldine Lee on facebook.

Terumbu Bemban, Apr 11
Photo shared by James Koh on his blog.


Terumbu Berkas, Jan 10

Terumbu Salu, Jan 10

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


Pulau Berkas, May 10

Pulau Salu, Jun 10

Pulau Pawai, Dec 09
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