Economic Importance for Humans: Positive
Heteractis magnifica is the most photographed species of anemone and is popular as an aquarium pet.
A new protein "hmGFP" was cloned from the tentacles of H. magnifica. The properties of this protein were homologous to that of the green fluorescent protein (GFP), and it has shown promising possibilities in biotechnology research.
Positive Impacts: pet trade ; research and education
- Tu, H., Q. Xiong, S. Zhen, X. Zhong, L. WuPeng, H. Chen, X. Jiang, W. Liu, W. Yang, J. Wei, M. Dong, W. Wu, A. Xu. 2003. A naturally enhanced green fluorescent protein from magnificent sea anemone (Heteractis magnifica) and its functional analysis. Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications, 301 (4): 879-885.