Metridium senile
Plumose anemone

Metridium senile
Metridium senile.
Image width ca 30 cm.
Image: Keith Hiscock

Phylum Cnidaria
Class Hexacorallia
Habitat Information
Attached to any suitable hard substratum in overhangs, caves and beneath boulders on the lower shore, and on pier piles and rock faces to at least 100 m.
Species description
Metridium senile is an anemone of very variable form. The base is wider than the column and often irregular. When expanded, the numerous tentacles form a 'plume' above a conspicuous parapet at the top of the smooth column. Large individuals may be 30 cm high. The colour is plain, commonly white orange or dark green but brown, grey or occasionally red or yellow varieties occur.
PMF archive information
Species name is listed in the PMF at the following locations:
>Millbay Channel
Yealm Sand Bank

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