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Urticina piscivora

(Fish-eating Anemone)


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Common Names

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Common Names in English:

Fish-eating Anemone, Fish-eating Urticina, Velvety Red Anemone

Common Names in German:

Fischfressende Seedahlie


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Physical Description

Species Urticina piscivora

This large anemone (height up to 20 cm and diameter up to 10 cm) has a bright red column with tubercles but no acontia. The tubercles (which are in circumferential rows and not white) usually do not accumulate sand , shells , or other debris .[1]


Usually on a rocky prominence where there is a fair amount of current . Depth Range : Nearly always subtidal .[1]

Typically found in water with a depth of 0 to -47 meters (0 to -154 feet).[2]

Biome: Marine .


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This species actually captures shrimp and small fish. One fish species, however, the painted greenling (Oxylebius pictus), has been observed lying unharmed in this anemone much as clownfish do in tropical anemones.[1]


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Similar Species

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Ticina crassicornis also may have a red column but it is common intertidally, usually has transverse bands on its tentacles, and the column often has olive green blotches. (Ref. 109953)

Members of the genus Urticina

ZipcodeZoo has pages for 7 species and subspecies in this genus:

U. columbiana (Crusty Red Anemone) · U. coriacea (Stubby Rose Anemone) · U. crassicornis (Thick-Petaled Rose Anemone (In E. N America)) · U. felina (Northern Red Anemone) · U. lofotensis (White-Spotted Rose Anemone) · U. mcpeaki (Mcpeak Anemone) · U. piscivora (Fish-Eating Anemone)

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Further Reading

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  1. Cowles, Dave. Key to Invertebrates Found At or Near The Rosario Beach Marine Laboratory (a campus of Walla Walla University) Fidalgo Island, Anacortes, WA May 2009. [back]
  2. Mean = 10.600 meters (34.777 feet), Standard Deviation = 97.900 based on 25 observations. Ocean depth information for each observation from British Oceanographic Data Centre. [back]
Last Revised: 2015-01-30