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This sea anemone has an adherent base and a fairly tough and leathery column, without tubercles and not divided into regions. Acontia are emitted readily from the lower part of the column. The tentacles are moderate in length, up to about 700 in number. The diameter of the base measures up to 80mm and height to 100mm. The column is yellow/buff in colour, mottled and spotted with brown or reddish. The markings usually form vertical stripes, often with black, red or purple spots in addition. The lower column has vertical, pale yellow stripes. The disc and tentacles are cream, rarely pink or orange, the tentacles usually with inconspicuous broken brown lines. Unlikely to be confused with any other species, very different from the other British hermit crab commensal Adamsia palliata.


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Source: Encyclopedia of Marine Life of Britain and Ireland

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