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Snakelocks anemone

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Kingdom  Animalia
Order  Actiniaria
Genus  Anemonia
Higher classification  Anemonia
Phylum  Cnidaria
Family  Actiniidae
Scientific name  Anemonia viridis
Rank  Species
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Similar  Anemonia, Sea anemone, Beadlet anemone, Cnidaria, Anthozoa

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The snakelocks anemone (Anemonia viridis) is a sea anemone found in the eastern Atlantic Ocean to the Mediterranean Sea.

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The tentacles of anemones in deep or murky water can be a grey colour, but are otherwise usually a deep green colour with purple tips due to the presence of symbiotic algae within the tentacles that use sunlight as an energy source. As a result, the anemones prefer brightly lit shallow waters. On average the snakelock anemone is 8 cm wide.

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Reproduction

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Unlike other cnidarians, anemones (and other Anthozoa) entirely lack the free-swimming medusa stage of the life cycle; the polyp produces eggs and sperm, and the fertilized egg develops into a planula that develops directly into another polyp.

Relationship with other animals

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Several species of small animals regularly live in a symbiotic or commensal relationship with the snakelocks anemone, gaining protection from predators by residing among the venomous tentacles. These include the Incognitus (or anemone) goby, formerly known as Gobius buchichi (Gobius incognitus), the shrimp Periclimenes aegylios and the Leach's spider crab (Inachus phalangium).

Human uses

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This species is becoming a popular aquarium pet, especially in Europe. It readily adapts to aquaria. This anemone is consumed in Sardinia, orziadas are deep-fried in olive oil also in southwestern Spain, in the Gulf of Cádiz region, as ortiguillas de mar (literally, "little sea nettles", because it has urticant properties before it is cooked), or simply ortiguillas. The whole animal is marinated in vinegar, coated in a tempura-like batter, and deep-fried in olive oil. Ortiguillas are offered in some coastal Andalusian restaurants as a delicacy. They are similar in appearance and texture to croquettes, but have a strong seafood taste.

Snakelocks anemone Anemones of the Channel Islands by Sue Daly

References

Snakelocks anemone Wikipedia