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Phylum Cnidaria > Class Anthozoa > Subclass Zoantharia/Hexacorallia > Order Ceriantharia
Common cerianthid
awaiting identification*
updated Nov 2019

Where seen? This cerianthid is commonly seen on our Northern shores, sometimes in large numbers and often in a variety of colours and patterns. On silty sand as well as among seagrasses and sometimes near coral rubble.

Features: 10-15cm in diameter. The long tentacles are rather fat and taper to a slender tip. The ring of shorter inner tentacles are sometimes different in colour from the long tentacles. Some are plain, others have variegated long tentacles. Body column usually pale.

Little black Phoronid worms are often seen emerging from the sides of their tubes.

Furry tube and smooth body column.
Chek Jawa, Jul 05

Long outer tentacles, short inner tentacles.
Changi, Jul 04

With black Phoronid worms in the tube.
Changi, Jun 03

Chek Jawa, Sep 03

Changi, Jul 04

Cyrene Reef, Apr 08

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

Common cerianthids on Singapore shores
On wildsingapore flickr

Other sightings on Singapore shores

Pulau Ubin OBS, Jan 16
Photo shared by Jonathan Tan on facebook.

Marina East, Jan 21
Photo shared by Vincent Choo on facebook.

Terumbu Bemban, Jun 10
Photo shared by Loh Kok Sheng on his flickr.

Terumbu Pempang Laut, Apr 11
Photo shared by Loh Kok Sheng on flickr.

Terumbu Pempang Tengah, May 11
Photo shared by Loh Kok Sheng on his blog.

Pulau Sudong, Dec 09
Photo shared by Loh Kok Sheng on his flickr.

Pulau Berkas, Feb 22
Photo shared by Loh Kok Sheng on facebook.

Pulau Berkas, May 10
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