Calliactis polypus (Forskal, 1775)

Unknown anemone
Unknown anemone
Photographer: 
Ian Shaw
Date: 
Friday, 22 November 2013
Location: 
Red Rock
Depth: 
0m
Unknown anemone
Unknown anemone
Photographer: 
Ian Shaw
Date: 
Friday, 22 November 2013
Location: 
Red Rock
Depth: 
0m
Additional Notes: 

Photograph shows anemone with tentacles fully extended.

Unknown anemone
Unknown anemone
Photographer: 
Ian Shaw
Date: 
Friday, 22 November 2013
Location: 
Red Rock
Depth: 
0m
Additional Notes: 

Photograph shows mouth area of anemone.

Common name: Anemone
Distribution:

Found in numbers attached to pumice washed up on the beaches of the Solitary Islands Marine Park. Anecodotal evidence suggests pumice may be from recent (2012/13) volcanic eruption in the Kermadec Islands, north of New Zealand.

Ecological Notes:

Feed in the water column while attached to floating objects, in this case pumice.

Additional Notes:

Calliactis polypus has been recorded attached as shown and washed ashore (Bennett, Isobel, Australian SeaShores, 1987, p177).

Samples below found on beach and revived, then photographed in small fish bowl. Samples have been collected and preserved by Dr Anna Scott of Southern Cross University, National Marine Science Centre and forwarded to Michela Mitchell of Museum Victoria. Top photograph shows anemone in dehydrated condition after washing ashore attached to pumice.