Purple anemone (Halcampoides purpureus)
|Researched by||Emily Wilson||Refereed by||Admin|
|Other common names||-||Synonyms||Halcampoides elongatus|
A burrowing anemone with an elongated column, dirty white or flesh-coloured sometimes suffused with vivid green. The tentacles are very long, even in contraction, tapering to fine points. They are translucent grey-brown in colour often shading to reddish-brown and each one having a more or less extensive white spot near its base.
Recorded distribution in Britain and IrelandRecorded at sites on the coast of Lundy, south-west Wales, north-west Scotland and west Ireland.
HabitatBurrows in mud, sand or gravel, always offshore, occurring down to at least 1000 m but 10-25 m around Britain and Ireland.
- Column elongated, not divided into distinct regions, its aboral end rounded and provided with cinclides.
- Periderm absent.
- Disc small, with a slight hypostome.
- Length of column when not buried 10 cm, becoming much longer when buried; full expanse of tentacles up to 10 cm.
The taxonomy of the Halcampoides purpurea complex is still confused (Howson & Picton, 1997).
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Last Updated: 07/09/1999