Strawberry Anemone

Actinia fragacea

This is a fairly large anemone. At low tide it looks like a strawberry with its tentacles retracted. It has yellowish/greenish pip-like markings on its column, hence its common name. The tentacles maybe red, pink or purplish in colour. It might be initially confused with the Beadlet Anemone (Actinia equina), which is smaller and does not have the pip-like markings. Up to 10cm high and 10cm wide.

It will eat almost anything it can catch, including mollusks, crustaceans and fish.

Found in rockpools, mainly in shaded areas, on the lower shore. Mainly found on the south and south-west coasts of Britain.

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

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