Story: Corals, anemones and jellyfish

Wandering anemone (2nd of 6)

Wandering anemone

Most sea anemones spend their life attached to a surface, although many can detach themselves if conditions become unfavourable. New Zealand’s largest sea anemone, the wandering anemone (Phlyctenactis tuberculosa), is an exception. It has opted for a more mobile existence drifting among dense seaweed. Its bladder-like extensions keep it buoyant. This one, attached to a brown seaweed, is in its contracted state. Māori call this animal hūmenga.

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Dennis Gordon, 'Corals, anemones and jellyfish - True corals and sea anemones', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 27 September 2021)

Story by Dennis Gordon, published 12 Jun 2006, updated 26 Sep 2016