species: Actinodendron sp 1 in Lizard Island area: all known taxa (Lizard Island Field Guide)
Actinodendron sp 1


©Lyle Vail: Actinodendron sp 1 about 15 cm diameter at Lizard Island

©Lyle Vail: Actinodendron sp 1 about 15 cm diameter at Lizard Island

©Lyle Vail: Actinodendron sp 1 retracted suddenly and completely into the sand when disturbed
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Cnidaria
Class Anthozoa
Order Actiniaria
Family Actinodendridae
Genus Actinodendron
Species Actinodendron sp 1

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Distinguishing features

A compact bushy anemone that has branches (with branchlets) on all surfaces of its tentacles. The body is buried in sand and the tentacles can be retracted suddenly and completely. Gives a painful sting.

Edgar (2019) calls this species Actinodendron plumosum cf.

Size

  • Up to 25 cm (Diameter)

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Distribution

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Danger

  • significant discomfort - The common name for actinodendrids is Hell's Fire Anemones which gives an indication of the very painful sting they can give.

References

References that assist with identification

  • Edgar, G. (2019). Tropical Marine Life of Australia New Holland Publishers, London.
  • Rowlett, J. (2020). Indo-Pacific Corals. 807 pp. Joe Rowlett, Chicago, USA. ISBN: 9798686565975. LIRS catalog number 90393.