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Corals & Anemones

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Carpet Anemone (Stoichactis gigas)
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Carpet Anemone
(Stoichactis gigas)

The carpet anemone is one of the largest of the anemone species. Some specimens can reach a diameter of 39 inches. The short tentacles of this anemone deliver a sting strong enough to cause an uncomfortable rash on unprotected skin. The animal uses these stinging cells to subdue its prey, the occasional unwary fish.

Purple Base Anemone (Heteractis magnifica)
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Purple Base Anemone
(Heteractis magnifica)

The purple base anemone is one of the large species that can be found making a home for clownfishes. It is found throughout the Indian Ocean and the Indo-Pacific regions. This anemone's bright purple base is tipped with bright green tentacles. The green color is produced by the symbiotic algae, zooxanthellae.

Green Anemone (Anthopleura xanthogrammica)
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Green Anemone
(Anthopleura xanthogrammica)

This beautiful bright green anemone can grow to a diameter of 12 inches. Its color can range from green to gray or blue-green. It is characterized by short, thick tentacles arranged in rings around the central mouth. This anemone is found on rocks and tidepools all along the Pacific coastline from Alaska to Panama.

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