Starburst Anemone

Anthopleura sola

green anemone close-up with lighter green tentacles, in shallow water under a rock

Common Name: Starburst Anemone

Scientific Name: Anthopleura sola

Kingdom, Phylum, Class, Order, Family: Animalia, Cnidaria, Anthozoa, Actiniaria, Actiniidae

Diet: Carnivorous, arthropods, small animals

Habitat: Exposed rocky surfaces, tidepools, crevices, mid-intertidal zone, bays

Range: Pacific Ocean along Alaska to Baja California

Identification: Short tentacles with pink/lavender tips, radiating lines on oral disk, green and blue coloration

Reproduction: Asexual (splits into two) or Broadcast spawning (discharge fertile sperm and eggs into water)

Behavior: Aggregate together

Predators: Sea slugs, snails, sea stars

partially closed anemone with green tentacles, shell fragments stuck to side of body
Citations:Elder, A. 2001.