Aiptasia mutabilis
Trumpet anemone

Aiptasia mutabilis
A colony of Aiptasia mutabilis.
Image width ca 25 cm.
Image: Keith Hiscock

Phylum Cnidaria
Class Hexacorallia
Habitat Information
Found on the lower shore in pools, under stones or beneath overhangs, often amongst algal holdfasts, particularly Laminaria and Saccorhiza. Sometimes abundant on infralittoral rock at wave sheltered locations.
Species description
A tall anemone, up to 12 cm high, the slender column flaring outwards to the broad oral disc. The tentacles, up to about 100, are steeply graduated in size, the inner ones being very long in extension, stout at the base and tapering to fine points. They are perfectly retractile but rarely retracted. The column is brown often with irregular streaks of opaque white and the tentacles are brown becoming paler and whitish toward their tips. The overall brownish colouration may have a blue tint.
PMF archive information
Species name is listed in the PMF at the following locations:
>Reny Rocks
Winter Shoal

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