Project Description

Strawberry Anemone

Scientific name: Actinia fragacea
Size: Up to 10cm across
Colour: Red, with bright green spots on the base
Habitat: lower shore, in rockpools

  • It’s easy to see how they got their name with the green spots making them look like strawberries, especially when the tentacles are retracted.
  • Like most other anemones, they use stinging cells on their tentacles to catch small animals.
  • They have a soft body, so may be injured if you poke or step on them.
  • They were once thought to be the same species as beadlet anemones, but have found to have consistent differences including their colour and size with Strawberry typically being larger than beadlet anemones.

Photo Credit: Paul Naylor