Fireworks anemone - Pachycerianthus multiplicatus - General information
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| Researched by:
||Catherine Wilding and Emily Wilson
|| Refereed by:
||This information is not refereed.
||Sea anemones, corals, sea firs & jellyfish
| Recorded distribution in Britain and Ireland
||Recorded from Kenmare River and Kilkieran Bay (western Ireland) and from sea-lochs on the western coast of Scotland, notably Lochs Duich and Fynne.
| Habitat information
||Lives in a long thick tube, often over 1 m long, in mud or muddy sand, from about 10-130 m depth. Found only in very sheltered conditions around the head of fijordic sea lochs.
||Pachycerianthus multiplicatus is a large burrowing anemone, occupying a tube-like burrow that may exceed 1 m in length.
Both the length of the column and the breadth of the tentacles can reach 30 cm.
The tentacles are long and occur in two cycles, with up to 200 tentacles in the marginal cycle. The tentacles are incapable of retraction but may coil spirally on disturbance.
The colour of the inner tentacles is pale buff or chestnut and the marginal tentacles are whitish with fine brown bands, or plain white.
This review can be cited as follows:
Catherine Wilding and Emily Wilson 2009.
Marine Life Information Network: Biology and Sensitivity Key Information Sub-programme [on-line].
Plymouth: Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom.
Available from: <http://www.marlin.ac.uk/speciesfullreview.php?speciesID=4003>