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Species of the Month April 2009

Actinia fragacea (c) Judith Oakley

Common name: Strawberry anemone

Latin name: Actinia fragacea

A type of sea anemone

 

Key Features:

  • Up to 10cm across
  • Base is red with with green-yellow spots
  • Looks like a strawberry
  • About 200 dense tentacles, which can be tucked inside the body

Where to look:

On the lower shore attached to rocks, boulders and overhangs. Also look in crevices and overhangs

Origin:

Native to the UK

Effects

Will become more common in Britain and will be found further north.

More information:

Click here find out more about this species on the MarLIN website