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Beadlet Anemone, Actinia equina



An open Beadlet Anemone showing its feather like appearance

Beadlet Anemones are common along Ireland’s rocky shores. They belong to a group of animals known as Cnidarians (pronounced nidarians) which are characterised by a ‘flower-like’ appearance, often appearing in a variety of bright colours. They use their sticky tentacles to trap food which is then ingested through a central mouth (seen in the centre of the red anemone here). When anemones are disturbed, they quickly retreat by pulling in their tentacles. They are securely attached to rocks by a sucker-like base that can withstand the force of waves in an exposed rocky shore environment.


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