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Phylum Cnidaria > Class Anthozoa > Subclass Zoantharia/Hexacorallia > Order Actiniaria
Tiger anemone
awaiting identification*
updated Nov 2019
Where seen? This large strikingly banded anemone with a red-spotted body is commonly seen on Changi, and sometimes at Chek Jawa. In soft silty sand, and sandy areas among seagrasses.

Features: Diameter with tentacles expanded 6-10cm. One ring of many thick, tapered tentacles with a banded pattern that resembles tiger stripes. Colours are mostly brown, beige sometimes with a tinge of orange or purple. Near the mouth, there is usually a pair of bright maroon, red or orange spots and sometimes, a ring of several white spots around the mouth. The pale body column has rows of red-tipped bumps. At low tide with its tentacles tucked into its rounded body, the anemone looks like a bizarre berry.

Changi, Jul 04

Red bumps on the body column.
Changi, Jul 08

Changi, Aug 05

Changi, Jul 11

Attempting to swallow a sea pen!
Changi, Jul 04

Chek Jawa, May 11

Cyrene Reef, Mar 11

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

Tiger anemones on Singapore shores
On wildsingapore flickr

Other sightings on Singapore shores

Coney Island, Jun 20
Photo shared by Richard Kuah on facebook.

Pulau Ubin, Dec 17
Photo shared by Loh Kok Sheng on facebook.

Chek Jawa, Nov 17
Photo shared by Liz Lim on facebook.
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