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Giant Anemone

Giant Anemone - Reef Creature Clothing Blog

The Giant Anemone is probably one of the most iconic coral reef creatures, especially in wake of the Finding Nemo movie, with beautiful little Clown Fish swimming through its tentacles. In the Caribbean there are no Clown Fish, but there are anemones, and the Giant Anemone (Condylactis gigantea) is the largest of these. Its tentacles often have pink tips, and can be found growing both in reef crevices or directly on rocks out in the open. It is not colonial in nature like many of its Cnidarian relatives, instead living a solitary nature. In essence it is one giant polyp, very similar in many ways to its coral cousins. Like them, it has nematocyst cells in its tentacles that fire harpoon-like stingers if touched. Although not usually noticeable to humans, this sting is used to capture prey that the anemone then steers into its centrally-located mouth ready for a nasty meal. This prey usually consists of small fish, shrimp, worms and zooplankton. For a nice synopsis of this beautiful reef creature, see this Wikipedia article.

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