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Marine Wildlife  Dahlia Anemone

Dahlia Anemone - Photo  Copyright 2007 Sophia Winters
Photo: Sophia Winters

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Latin name: Urticina felina

Size: Diameter up to 15cm. Tentacles approximately 2cm in length.

Found all around the coast of the UK. 

Months seen: All year round.

Habitat: Usually on rocks around the lower shore.

Food: Small fish and organisms in the water which become trapped on the sticky tentacles.

Special features: The dahlia anemone has up to 160 short stinging tentacles. The color is very variable from white through yellow, orange, red, blue, grey, and brown.

The column is covered in tiny bumps. Sand, gravel and fragments of shell tend to stick to these bumps, so that when the tentacles are retracted the body of the anemone is camouflaged by all the particles.

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