Sea anemone in Bournemouth

February 26th, 2009

Photo: Steve Trewhella

The sea anemone, Diadumene cincta, was found under Bournemouth Pier. Diadumene cincta is a small and slender anemone and can reach up to 60 mm in height. It is usually orange in colour. On its oral disk, it has up to 200 tentacles, also orange in colour. The column is smooth and dotted with pores (cinclides) that release water from the body to allow the anemone to contract if disturbed. Diadumene cincta also has a defence mechanism in the form of stinging tentacles called acontia which are forced through the mouth.

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