By Bob Goemans
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Family Actiniidae

Macrodactyla doreensis

(Quoy & Gaimard, 1833)

Long Tentacle/Corkscrew Anemone

Likely Reef Tank Suitable

Likely Fish-Only Tank Suitable

Range: Indo-West Pacific: Mauritius to Japan

Size: Height up to 20 inches - 50cm

Natural Environment: Found with column buried in sand or mud in shallow areas, at generally less than 15 foot depths (5 m)

General Husbandry: Has a temperature range of 72 to 82°F (22 - 27°C) and reasonably hardy and usually available. Usually has a orange or reddish column, with rows of small bumps running lengthwise. Its oral disc and tentacles can be brownish, green or purple and sometimes its tentacles exhibit a corkscrew shape. Requires medium to strong light (PAR 250 - 400), moderate water movement, and feeding with pieces of fish flesh once per week. Hardy, and one of the best for beginners. Note, one of the more common aquarium anemones in the trade because its easy to collect as it occurs on sandy and muddy bottoms. Therefore, in aquaria, should have a sandy/gravel or mud-like substrate. However, only a fairly good clownfish host, as its hosts three species, including the Clark's and the pink skunk anemonefish.

 Macrodactyla doreensis (Long Tentacle/Corkscrew Anemone)
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