species: Heteractis malu in Lizard Island Field Guide (Lizard Island Field Guide)
Heteractis malu

©Anne Hoggett: Heteractis malu at Granite Bluff, Lizard Island. The fish are Amphiprion clarkii.
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Cnidaria
Class Hexacorallia
Order Actiniaria
Family Stichodactylidae
Genus Heteractis
Species Heteractis malu



Distinguishing features

Oral disc lies flat on substrate, column is narrow and buried in the sand, capable of quick retraction. Tentacles relatively short and sparse, tentacle tips may be mauve.

Joe Rowlett advises through iNaturalist (July 2020) that this name may refer to juvenile Heteractis crispa, in which case it would become a junior synonym.


  • Up to 20 cm (oral disc diameter according to Fautin et al, 2008)



Web resources


  • Fautin, A.L. Crowther and C.C. Wallace, D.G. (2008). Sea anemones (Cnidaria: Anthozoa: Actiniaria) of Moreton Bay. Memoirs of the Queensland Museum Nature, 54(1): 35-64. LIRS catalog number 90371.