Strawberry anemone (Actinia fragacea)
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Recorded distribution in Britain and IrelandRecorded from south and west coasts of Britain, records of Actinia equina (beadlet anemone) may include records of Actinia fragacea which was previously considered a variety of Actinia equina, see additional information below.
HabitatRecorded on the lower shore attached to rocks and boulders, often found in shaded places. Sometimes found partly buried in sand.
- Broad base up to 10 cm across.
- Red column with many green spots giving appearance of strawberry.
- Acrorhagi blue but may be white or pink, often indistinct.
Additional informationMany authorities though of Actinia fragacea as a variation of Actinia equina, the beadlet anemone. Carter & Thorpe (1981) demonstrated significant genetic and ecological differences between the two anemones. These differences and the larger size, location on the shore and constant colouration of Actinia fragacea are regarded as proof that it is indeed a distinct species.
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Last Updated: 29/04/2008