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Phylum Cnidaria > Class Anthozoa > Subclass Zoantharia/Hexacorallia > Order Actiniaria
Wiggly reef star anemone
awaiting identification*
updated Oct 2016
Where seen? This elegant anemone with few tentacles held in wiggles is sometimes seen on many of our Southern shores among coral rubble and living hard corals. It is very shy and disappears instantly at the slightest sign of danger. Seen both at night and during the day.

Features: Diameter with tentacles extended 4-5cm. Tentacles few (about 20), thick at the base and tapering to a slender tip. Most of the tentacles are usually held flat against the surface, arranged in pairs or sets of three, with the tips in 'wiggles'. Often, 5 of the tentacles are held upright forming a 'tent' over the mouth. Oral disk tiny. The mouth is often seen upturned.The tentacles come in various shades including pale blue, brown and red, tips in a contrasting paler shade. Sometimes with bands at mid-way along the tentacles, or a thin pink or orange stripe along the length from the tip. The body column appears to be covered with a leathery skin.

The Banded wiggly sand star anemone looks similar but is brownish with many regular bands and found on the higher shore in silty lagoons.

Sentosa, Jun 07
 

The anemone when unearthed.
Pulau Semakau, Aug 07

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

Wiggly reef star anemones on Singapore shores

Photos of Wiggly reef star anemones for free download from wildsingapore flickr

Distribution in Singapore on this wildsingapore flickr map


Labrador, Oct 14
Photo shared by Loh Kok Sheng on flickr.

Berlayar Creek, Jan 17
Photo shared by Marcus Ng on facebook.


Sentosa, Oct 08

St Johns Island, Jul 09
Photo shared by Liana Tang on her blog.


Pulau Semakau, Sep 05

Labrador, May 02

Sentosa, Oct 08


Pulau Hantu, Apr 06

Terumbu Bukom, Nov 10
Photo shared by Loh Kok Sheng on his blog.

Terumbu Buran, Nov 10
Photo shared by Loh Kok Sheng on his blog.


Pulau Hantu, Jan 11
Photo shared by Russel Low on his blog.

Terumbu Bemban, Jun 15
Photo shared by Loh Kok Sheng on facebook.

Pulau Semakau South, Feb 16
Photo shared by Toh Chay Hoon on facebook.


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

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


Terumbu Berkas, Jan 10

Pulau Berkas, May 10
 


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

Pulau Salu, Jun 10

Pulau Salu, Jun 10

pink&purple 'wiggly star' anemone @ t. raya 09Feb2009 from SgBeachBum on Vimeo.


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