Beadlet Anemone

Name: Beadlet Anemone

Scientific name: Actinia equina

Category: Marine

Nature Stars: 30

What are nature stars?

About: Sea anemones live attached to the rocks, catching plankton and tiny animals from the water with their stinging tentacles. Grows on rocks and rock pools around the low tide mark, sometimes in small groups. A squat jelly-like 'body' with thick shortish tentacles which are retracted when disturbed or when uncovered by the falling tide. Up to 6cm across. Very variable in colour: 'body' often red, green or brown with slightly paler tentacles.

How to identify: Our commonest sea anemone. Smaller than Strawberry Anemone and with shorter, thicker tentacles than Snake-locks Anemone.

Where: On rocky shores around all our coasts.

Natural Superpowers

  • Predator: 70
  • Agility: 20
  • Rarity: 40
  • Cute factor: 50
  • Traveller: 20

Fantastic fact: Although they look like flowers, sea anemones are animals, not plants.

Photograph credit: Photo credit tbc

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