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Like jellyfish and coral, the magnificent sea anemone is a cnidarian. That means it has a sac-like body with a mouth and tentacles on top. On the bottom, it has pedal feet, which it uses to attach itself to rocks or dead coral. But the magnificent sea anemone does not always stick to one spot; it sometimes swims to new places by flexing its body in a certain direction.
But it can’t just get by on its own; it lives in a close relationship with a group of clownfish. The clownfish have a protective slime layer that allows them to hide in the anemone’s stinging tentacles without getting hurt. In return, the anemone gets to eat food that clownfish drop, and they protect it from predators. Because the clownfish and the magnificent sea anemone both help each other get by, their relationship is mutualistic.
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- The University of Kansas. Natural History Museum and Biodiversity Research Center. World Wide Web electronic publication. http://www.nhm.ku.edu/inverts/, version (08/2009). http://www.nhm.ku.edu/inverts/ebooks/ch1.html
- BioWeb. World Wide Web electronic publication. http://bioweb.uwlax.edu/, version (08/2009) http://bioweb.uwlax.edu/bio203/s2007/guck_eliz/
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