Name: Dahlia Anemone
Scientific name: Tealia felina
Nature Stars: 50
About: Sea anemones live attached to the rocks, catching plankton and tiny animals from the water with their stinging tentacles. Grows in rock pools and on rocks around or below the low tide mark. A squat jelly-like 'body', warty and often with pieces of gravel and broken shell stuck to the body, with fairly short, thick tentacles which are retracted when disturbed or when uncovered by the falling tide. Up to 15cm across. Very variable in colour, 'body' often blue or green with blotches of brown or reddish. Tentacles paler, with bands of darker colour.
How to identify: Told by the banded tentacles and the warty body with bits of gravel stuck on it.
Where: On rocky shores around all our coasts.
Fantastic fact: When the tentacles are retracted, the beautiful Dahlia Anemone is camouflaged by the warts and pieces of sand and shell stuck to the body.
Photograph credit: Polly Whyte