Story: Corals, anemones and jellyfish

Camouflaged anemone (4th of 6)

Camouflaged anemone

Camouflaged anemones like Oulactis muscosa, shown here, have sticky surfaces that catch gravel and fragments of shell and seaweed. Most of their body is embedded in crevices or sand, and when the tentacles are withdrawn the entire animal is hidden.

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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