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Anemone ID from Oregon coast

Post by AquaticEngineer on November 27th 2010, 2:52 pm

Trying to figure out what anemone this is. Some of the smaller ones have a pink metalic coloration to them, but the larger ones ( which are only slightly larger than a quarter) look just like the picture.

I was thinnking it was maybe this: Anthopleura orientalis ???
Anthopleura orientalis

This is the image from Actiniaria.com:
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Post by Hero on September 9th 2011, 11:29 pm

It looks like the two anemones are the same species. Did you ever come to a conclusion on the species type?

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Post by ~ocean on September 10th 2011, 12:04 am

I can't really tell the difference. It\'s okay

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Re: Anemone ID from Oregon coast

Post by AquaticEngineer on September 10th 2011, 6:59 am

Its called a moonglow anemone or a burrowing anemone. Tons of color and pattern variants.
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Re: Anemone ID from Oregon coast

Post by Cryptochiton on April 14th 2013, 4:11 pm

I've seen these in the bays more than the open ocean.
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Post by AquaticEngineer on April 14th 2013, 6:09 pm

Cryptochiton wrote:I've seen these in the bays more than the open ocean.

We find them from the bays all the way out into the upper areas of the tidepools. The really like to have sand over them to retract into with the foot attached to a deep solid rock structure. I've found them as high as the upper tidal zone just shy of where I find tigriopus, out in sand flats in the bays, and along areas of sheltered caves that are always submerged.

Larger ones seem to always be at deeper depths, but the more dramatic colors like the oranges and reds I've found at the median tide mark mostly.
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Post by AquaticEngineer on April 14th 2013, 6:10 pm

Heres a compilation of all the different color patterns I have found online thus far.

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.485797534805078.78442330.254401994611301&type=3
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Post by Cryptochiton on April 15th 2013, 10:03 pm

These are wonderful. Thank you for sharing the link!
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