<p>The <span class="taxon"><em>Bartholomea annulata</em></span> are members in a number of symbiotic relationships. They host zooxanthellae, <em>Symbiodinium sp.</em> dinflagellate algae that grow within the cells of the anemone aiding in biological functions and providing color.</p> <p>They are also part of an association with a number of <span class="taxon">Crustacea</span> species. Many small crustaceans such as the <span class="taxon"><em>Periclimenes yucatanicus</em></span> and the <span class="taxon"><em>Alpheus armatus</em></span> receive protection within the tentacles of the anemone and also may perform cleaning functions for the anemone.<span> (Colin, 1978)</span></p> <p><strong>Ecosystem Impact: </strong>Creates habitat</p>
- Colin, D. 1978. Caribbean Reef Invertebrates and Plants. Neptune City, NJ: T.F.H. Publications, Inc..