Waratah Anemone

Actinia tenebrosa Farquhar, 1898

Body and tentacles red with specialised structures (acrorhagi) around the edge of the column. They defend their own territory by attacking intruders with repeated strikes from their acrorhagi (outgrowths from the body margin). The acrorhagi have many stinging capsules (nematocysts), which are filled with toxin.

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What habitats does Actinia tenebrosa live in?

Rocky reef, high intertidal rocky shore in crevices, to depth of 1 m

What is the distribution of Actinia tenebrosa?

Southern Australian From NSW to WA including Tasmania

How big does Actinia tenebrosa grow?

Column can be up to 4 cm wide

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