Parasitic anemone (Calliactis parasitica)
|Researched by||John Bleach||Refereed by||Admin|
|Other common names||-||Synonyms||Cribrina rondeletti|
Recorded distribution in Britain and IrelandFound from the southwest coast of England, east to the Bill of Portland. It has also been recorded from Tralee Bay on the east coast of Ireland.
HabitatTypically found in association with a hermit crab, Pagurus bernhardus. It occasionally lives alone attached to rock or empty shells. It is rarely intertidal but locally common offshore to depths of about 60 m.
- Up to 8 cm high and 5 cm wide.
- Column blotched and streaked red or grey brown in colouration.
- Up to 700 slender tentacles.
- Firm, stiff column.
- Blister-like pores at base of column.
- Usually found in association with the hermit crab Pagurus bernhardus.
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Last Updated: 13/02/2007