By Bob Goemans
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Family Ceriantharia

Ceriantheopsis americanus

(Agassiz, 1864)

Cream-colored/North American Tube Anemone

Not Reef Tank Suitable

Not Suitable for Fish-Only Tank

Range: Northeast and Western Atlantic: Cape Cod south to the Gulf of Mexico, including the Caribbean and West Indies.

Natural Environment: Inhabits muddy bottoms to depths of about 200 feet (60m).

General Husbandry: Has a wide temperature range depending upon their location, with northern specimens existing in very cool northeast coastal waters to those in the Caribbean where water temperatures are much higher. Uses its pointed foot to burrow deeply, about 18 inches (45cm) into the substrate where its crown of tentacles lay, up to 14 inches (35cm) in diameter outward onto the mud surface to catch those that might come in contact with them, then become dinner!

I’ve seen small specimens in the aquarium trade, which in my opinion, should not have been collected or offered by a reputable aquarium shop! It is simply not feasible to house this anemone in hobbyist aquariums!

Has been known to survive in public aquaria for more than 30 years.

 Ceriantheopsis americanus (Cream-colored/North American Tube Anemone)
Photo © Bernd Losert
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