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Family Actiniidae

Actinia equine

Linnaeus, 1766

Beadlet Anemone

Not Reef Tank Suitable

Not Suitable for Fish-Only Tank

Range: Common on the rocky shorelines of the United Kingdom with its range extending to the rest of Western Europe and the Mediterranean. Also found along the Atlantic coast of Africa as far south as South Africa.

Size: Column width 2 inches - 5cm

Natural Environment: Inhabits rocky shorelines, tidepools and shaded vertical rock walls.

General Husbandry: Has a temperature range of 59 to 72°F (15 - 22°C). This cool water anemone has up to 192 stinging tentacles, and is well adapted for intertidal life as its able to withstand desiccation and changes in temperature. Usually bright red, but may be greenish or brown, with blue, green or yellow spots on its column. It often has a blue line around its base, with bright blue spots containing stinging cells (acrorhagi) near its top column. Male and female species exist, with both brooding offspring internally before give birth to live specimens.

Requires cool water and hand feeding, e.g., raw fish pieces, shrimp, tubifex worms, and is especially fond of mussel flesh. Two to three feedings per month suffices in cool water environments.

Aquarium Suitability: For those interested in maintaining a cool water aquarium, this species is quite hardy; otherwise, it should not be collected!

 Actinia equine (Beadlet Anemone)
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