updated Nov 2019
seen? This tiny anemone is sometimes seen in seagrass
meadows, stuck onto seagrass blades and seaweeds. Usually seen singly,
sometimes, many are seen clustered together.
Features: Diameter 1cm with tentacles expanded. Many tentacles, tapering translucent
with tiny bumpy spots, with slightly more opaque white tips. Body
column short densely covered with tiny bumps. Broad foot which it
uses to cling onto seagrass blades. It can 'swim' by undulating its
tentacles in synchrony, but is not a vigorous swimmer. It can also
move from one spot to another somewhat like an inchworm does: by sticking
to a spot further away with its tentacles, unclamping its pedal disk,
then relocating its pedal disk to a spot closer to its tentacles.
Sometimes confused with juvenile Swimming
anemones which have opaque tentacles
*Species are difficult to positively identify without close examination.
On this website, they are grouped by external features for convenience of
sea anemones on Singapore shores
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Chek Jawa, Jun 17
Photo shared by Toh Chay Hoon on facebook.