Snakelocks Anemone

Anemonia viridis

The Snakelocks Anemone rarely retracts its tentacles when out of water. It has up to 200 long tentacles which maybe brown, grey, or bright green with purple tips. The tentacles turn green in well-lit areas, and this is due to tiny symbiotic algae called zooxanthellae which live in its tentacles. The column is stout and brownish. Diameter up to 8cm.

It will eat almost anything it can catch, including mollusks, crustaceans and fish. It will also ingest dead material.

Discovered in rockpools and on rocks on the lower shore. Mainly found on the south and west coasts of Britain.

All photographs taken August 2015, in rock pool, Meadfoot Beach, Torquay, Devon.

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