Project Description

Beadlet Anemone

Scientific name: Actinia equina
Size: Up to 5cm across
Colour: Most are red (but can be found in shades of brown or green)
Habitat: Rocky shores, almost anywhere

  • Anemones use stinging cells on their tentacles to catch small fish and other animals.
  • They have soft bodies so if you poke them you could injure them.
  • Like other anemones, they have blue beads at the base of their tentacles with even more stinging cells, which they use to fight other anemones.
  • When out of the water, they retract their tentacles making them look like blobs of red jelly.
  • Anemones can move slowly by gliding along their base, or by detaching and moving with the current.

Photo credit: Paul Naylor