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Species Name: Cryptodendrum adhaesivum

Authority: Klunzinger, 1877

Common Name: Sticky Carpet/Pizza Anemone

Range: Indo-Pacific Ocean: Red Sea to the Marquesas

Natural Environment: Lives singly attached to the undersides of stones in rubble areas where it tends to be a zooplankton feeder

General Husbandry: Has a temperature range of 74 to 82°F (23 - 27°C) and requires several feedings per week with silversides, brine shrimp, and/or bloodworms. Requires strong water movement and moderate lighting. It depends upon whom you speak with, but I have never found it an easy anemone to maintain. Generally houses the shrimps Thor and Periclimenes. Very sticky and may sting unprotected hands. Hosts very few anemonefishes, e.g., possibly Amphiprion clarkii occasionally. Keep in mind they can catch and eat fish tankmates that get careless, and/or fatally sting corals.

Sticky Carpet/Pizza Anemone (Cryptodendrum adhaesivum) Photo Credit:Bob Goemans

Photo Credit: Bob Goemans

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