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A sea anemone (Edwardsiella carnea)

Distribution data supplied by the Ocean Biogeographic Information System (OBIS). To interrogate UK data visit the NBN Atlas.

Summary

Description

Edwardsiella carnea is translucent pale orange in colour, with white or yellow markings on the column beneath the disc. The disc may have powdering of white or yellow colour. This species may form large local populations. The tentacles are long and also translucent pale orange in colour. There can be up to 36 of them, but generally there are only 28. The column is elongated and approximately 2.5 cm in length and 4 mm in diameter.

Recorded distribution in Britain and Ireland

Recorded from Plymouth, Torquay, Port Erin (Isle of Man), Millport (Clyde), Tenby, and Holm Bay (Strangford Lough) in Ireland. For other records see distribution map.

Global distribution

Recorded from south Scandinavia, north France and possibly the Mediterranean.

Habitat

This species lives in holes and crevices and empty or possibly occupied borings of piddocks. It can be found in sheltered places that are out of the light, e.g. beneath overhangs or in caves. Edwardsiella carnea can be found from mid-tide to shallow sublittoral conditions.

Depth range

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Identifying features

  • The entire anemone is translucent pale orange in colour.
  • This species may form large local populations.
  • The tentacles are long and there can be up to 36 but generally there are only 28.
  • The column is elongated and approximately 2.5 cm in length and 4 mm in diameter.

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Bibliography

  1. Howson, C.M. & Picton, B.E., 1997. The species directory of the marine fauna and flora of the British Isles and surrounding seas. Belfast: Ulster Museum. [Ulster Museum publication, no. 276.]

  2. Manuel, R.L., 1988. British Anthozoa. London: Academic Press.[Synopses of the British Fauna, no. 18.]

  3. Picton, B.E. & Costello, M.J., 1998. BioMar biotope viewer: a guide to marine habitats, fauna and flora of Britain and Ireland. [CD-ROM] Environmental Sciences Unit, Trinity College, Dublin., http://www.itsligo.ie/biomar/

  4. Stephenson, T.A., 1935. The British Sea Anemones, vol. 2. London: Ray Society.

Citation

This review can be cited as:

Peckett, F. 2003. Edwardsiella carnea A sea anemone. In Tyler-Walters H. and Hiscock K. (eds) Marine Life Information Network: Biology and Sensitivity Key Information Reviews, [on-line]. Plymouth: Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom. Available from: http://www.marlin.ac.uk/species/detail/1844

Last Updated: 06/01/2003