By Bob Goemans
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Family Aiptasiidae

Bartholomea annulata

(Lesieur, 1817)

Curleycue Anemone, Ringed Anemone

Not Reef Tank Suitable

Not Suitable for Fish-Only Tank

Range: Western Atlantic Ocean: Caribbean, and Bermuda to the coast of South America.

Size: 12 inches (30 cm)

Natural Environment: Singly living and found in muddy and/or sandy lagoons and bays at depths between 3 to 100 feet (1 - 30 m).

Aquarium Suitability: Range in size from a few inches to a foot across and are a light tan color with white rings surrounding their tentacles. Usually very inexpensive, therefore many new hobbyists are attracted by their price. Unfortunately, they sting and eat both fish and other anemones. The brown color is due to an abundance of zooxanthellae, therefore only fairly good lighting is required to maintain this animal.

Sometimes a host to a variety of commensal shrimp. I consider it to be in the same pest-like group as the Rock Anemone, Aiptasia pallida. They are better kept in an aquarium dedicated to their needs if desired.

Has a temperature range of 72 to 79°F (22 - 26°C) with a meaty diet consisting of fish or shrimp meat fed once every three days.


    Kingdom: Animalia

    Phylum: Cnidaria

    Class: Anthozoa

    Order: Actiniaria

    Family: Aiptasiidae

    Genus: Bartholomea

 Bartholomea annulata (Curleycue Anemone, Ringed Anemone)
Photo © Bob Goemans
Aiptasia sp. Bartholomea lucida
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