Common Names in English:
Fish-eating Anemone, Fish-eating Urticina, Velvety Red Anemone
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 .
Typically found in water with a depth of 0 to -47 meters (0 to -154 feet).
Biome: Marine .
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.
- Whittaker & Margulis,1978
- C. Linnaeus, 1758
- (Linnaeus, 1758) Cavalier-Smith, 1983
- Leuckart, 1847
- Hatschek, 1888
- Subphylum: Anthozoa () - (Ehrenberg, 1831) Cavalier-Smith, 1998 - Corals, Flower Animals
- Phylum: Cnidaria () - Hatschek, 1888 - Cnidarians
- Infrakingdom: Coelenterata () - Leuckart, 1847
- Subkingdom: Radiata () - (Linnaeus, 1758) Cavalier-Smith, 1983
- Kingdom: Animalia () - C. Linnaeus, 1758 - animals
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 6 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. lofotensis (White-Spotted Rose Anemone) · U. mcpeaki (Mcpeak Anemone) · U. piscivora (Fish-Eating Anemone)
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- Brands, S.J. (comp.) 1989-present. The Taxonomicon. Universal Taxonomic Services, Zwaag, The Netherlands. Accessed January 15, 2012.
- Biodiversity Heritage Library NamebankID: 2569176
- Global Biodiversity Information Facility Taxonkey: 16084869
- Integrated Taxonomic Information System (ITIS) Taxonomic Serial Number (TSN): 611869
- Zipcode Zoo Species Identifier: 153529
- 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]
- 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]