North Sea tube anemone (Cerianthus lloydii)
|Researched by||Penny Avant||Refereed by||Admin|
|Other common names||North Sea cerianthid||Synonyms||Synarachnactis bournei Gosse, 1859|
Cerianthus lloydii is a brownish, tube-dwelling anemone up to 15 cm long. The mouth and tentacles project above the surface of the sand from the soft tube, which can be up to 40 cm long and is permanently buried. There are about 70 long tapering tentacles that may be brown, green or white and are often banded with darker brown. These tentacles cannot be fully retracted and surround many smaller inner tentacles that obscure the mouth. However, the animal can retract into its tube if disturbed.
Recorded distribution in Britain and IrelandRecorded all around the coast of Britain, except on the east coast between the Tees estuary and The Wash. It may be locally abundant in some places.
Global distributionFound around all western coasts of Europe from Greenland and Spitzbergen, south to Brittany.
HabitatAdults live permanently in tubes that are buried in sand, mud or gravel, from LWST to about 100 m depth.
- A tube-dwelling anemone with a brownish body up to 15 cm long.
- The mouth and tentacles project above the sand from the deeply buried tube.
- Many short inner tentacles obscure the mouth. Disc surrounded by about 70 long tapering tentacles, which may be brown, green or white and are often banded with darker brown.
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