The Strawberry Anemone
Species- C. Californica
BINOMIAL NAME- Corynactis Californica
The Strawberry Anemone, Corynactis Californica, grows in bright reddish pink colonies. It is often seen in shady, rocky underwater areas from San Diego to British Columbia, but is infamously known to carpet the bottom of Campbell River in British Columbia, and Monterey Bay in California. This invertebrate is found in waters deeper than 10 feet, and is not always visible in inter-tide pools. A single anemone rarely grows larger than 2.5 centimeters. The Strawberry Anemones contain white/ transparent tentacles with nematocysts, but are completely harmless to humans.
~http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q6ofVX4UEN8 (only the first minute)
- Radial symmetry
- Polyp-like body with 1 opening, the mouth
- Surrounded by tentacles
- Tentacles protect and catch food
- Radial symmetry
- Form & Function
The Strawberry Anemone is a carnivore (like other anemones) and feeds on sea urchins, copepods, invertebrate larvae, and small fish, crabs and muscles. An easy way to think of an anemone is a bag, 1 way in and 1 way out, whereas people are tubes, 1 way in, another way out. In essence, the Strawberry Anemone discrete waste through the same opening it takes in its nutrients!! Strawberry Anemones reproduce by fission; when the anemone splits itself into 2 identical copies. Strawberry Anemones only major predators are the Grey Sea Slug and the Tompot Blenny (also nudibranchs, sea stars and snails). These Anemones protect themselves with nematocysts their tentacles.
- Impact on the World/ Humanity
The Strawberry Anemone's Impact on the world and humanity is the fact that they make up beautiful reefs and underwater displays of how nature works under the sea.
- Journal Article Review
The Strawberry Anemone is also known as the White Spotted Rose Anemone or the Tealia Anemone. It is a brilliant color red usually with white dots. Its unique coloring makes it easy to identify. This anemone is sometimes found alone and also in clusters. They usually attach to shady rocks and in colder waters. The Strawberry Anemone is carnivorous; feeding on sea urchins, and small fish, crabs, and mussels. Strawberry Anemones use their nematocysts in their tentacles to sting and deflect any possible predators; and are also used to capture prey. Predators can be: nudibranchs, and certain sea stars and snails.
(Animal-World <White Spotted Rose Anemone>).
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