By Bob Goemans
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Family Stichodactylidae

Heteractis aurora

(Quoy & Gaimard, 1833)

Glasspearl/Sand/Beaded/Aurora Anemone

Likely Reef Tank Suitable

Likely Fish-Only Tank Suitable

Range: Indo-Pacific Ocean: Red Sea to Eniwetok Atoll of Japan and Mauritius

Natural Environment: Lives singly in rocky crevices and on sandy/gravel bottom areas

General Husbandry: Has a temperature range of 72 to 79°F (22 - 26°C) and needs a deep bed of sand and strong lighting, along with one feeding per week of fish flesh and/or shrimp meat. One of the most easily recognized anemones because of its beadlike swellings on the tentacles. There are relatively few tentacles when compared to other species, and most of its disc is exposed. Its disc surface often has white radiating lines and it and its tentacles can be greenish, brownish, creamy or purplish with light colored spots. Its column is sometimes pale, often with orange or red mottling nearer its foot area. Does fairly well in captivity and is reported to host seven different anemonefishes.

 Heteractis aurora (Glasspearl/Sand/Beaded/Aurora Anemone)
Photo © Bob Fenner
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