Image Fiona Crouch - Sagartia elegans var. miniata at the Scilly Isles.
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Sagartia elegans is not listed under any importance categories.
|Phylum||Cnidaria||Sea anemones, corals, sea firs & jellyfish|
|Recent synonyms||Sagartia rhododactylus|
|Recorded Distribution in Britain and Ireland||Common or locally abundant on all coasts of Britain and Ireland.|
|Habitat information||This sea anemones found on shore in pools, under stones, caves and beneath overhangs, from the mid-tide level and below. This species is also common in the sublittoral down to approximately 50 m.|
|Description||Sagartia elegans is a very variable species (see additional information), all varieties have a base up to 30 mm and this is wider than the column and closely adherent. The column is moderately tall and flares out towards the disk. The upper part of the column is has numerous white suckers which appear as white spots and cinclides (small pores) just visible as dark spots. Acontia (white defence threads) are freely emitted from cinclides when the anemone disturbed. The tentacles are moderate to long and there are approximately 200 of them spanning about 4 cm. . This species is often found in large aggregations and may live with their bases inside a hole in the substratum into which they retract into when disturbed. The colour of the column is variable; red, orange, brown whitish or greenish.|
|Additional information||There are 5 different varieties of the species recognised on the basis of the colouration of the disc and tentacles.
This review can be cited as follows:
Frances Peckett 2009. Sagartia elegans. A sea anemone. Marine Life Information Network: Biology and Sensitivity Key Information Sub-programme [on-line]. Plymouth: Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom. [cited 26/05/2013]. Available from: <http://www.marlin.ac.uk/speciesinformation.php?speciesID=4286>