|Researched by||Frances Peckett & Dr Samantha Garrard||Refereed by||This information is not refereed|
|Other common names||-||Synonyms||Ilyanthus mitchelli , Mesacmaea mitchelli|
Mesacmaea mitchellii is a burrowing anemone with only the disc and tentacles showing at the surface of the sediment. The column is stout, elongated and pear-shaped, 8 cm long and 5 cm in diameter. The tentacles of Mesacmaea mitchellii are very long in extension, taper to fine points, and are located at the top of the column. There are 36 tentacles in total with a primary cycle of seven tentacles held inwards over the central disc. The tentacles are a translucent greyish brown with a pattern of chevrons of brown and whitish near the base. The disc is greyish brown, cream or reddish, in colour. There is a darker ring around the mouth and broad dark radial lines amongst the tentacles bases.
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Last Updated: 20/02/2007