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Species of the Month September 2006

 Snakelocks anemone (C) Charlotte Marshall

Common name: Snakelocks anemone

Latin name: Anemonia viridis.

A type of sea anemone (Cnidaria)

 

Key Features

  • Tentacles bright green with pink/purple tips or a pinkish grey colour.
  • Also occurs as a brown variety.
  • Has a preference for well-lit areas.
  • Up to 200 tentacles which do not retract.
  • Up to 20 cm across.

Where to look:

In rockpools, under stones or in crevices on the lower shore.

Effects of warming sea:

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

More information:

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