Clock face anemone (Peachia cylindrica)

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The disc and 12 tentacles are a translucent greyish-brown, cream or white. The tentacles have a W-shaped pattern in shades of brown, cream and white. This species has a translucent, flesh-coloured, buff or brownish column that is irregularly streaked and speckled with brown or a reddish colour. This anemone has no adhesive basal disc. A small lobed projection in the mouth, the conchula, is unique to this genus. The column is variable in form - when buried it elongates and is up to 30 cm in length and 2.5 cm in diameter. When not buried the column shape and size can vary from being fully elongated and sausage-shaped to short and almost spherical.

Recorded distribution in Britain and Ireland

Recorded for all coasts of Britain and Ireland (Manuel, 1988).

Global distribution

Recorded in western Europe and occasionally in the Mediterranean.


Peachia cylindrica burrows in sand or gravel and is typically found offshore down to about 50 m but may be found inshore on wave sheltered coasts and occasionally on shore around low water level.

Depth range


Identifying features

  • This anemone has 12 pale translucent greyish-brown tentacles with a W-shape pattern in shades of brown, cream and white.
  • This species has no basal disc and usually lives in the sediment with only tentacles and disc above surface.
  • Conchula, a small lobed projection in the mouth, is unique to this genus.

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  5. NBN (National Biodiversity Network) Atlas. Available from:

  6. OBIS (Ocean Biodiversity Information System),  2024. Global map of species distribution using gridded data. Available from: Ocean Biogeographic Information System. Accessed: 2024-06-15

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This review can be cited as:

Peckett, F. & Garrard, S. L. 2008. Peachia cylindrica Clock face anemone. In Tyler-Walters H. and Hiscock K. Marine Life Information Network: Biology and Sensitivity Key Information Reviews, [on-line]. Plymouth: Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom. [cited 15-06-2024]. Available from:

Last Updated: 24/04/2008