Heteractis aurora   (Quoy & Gaimard)  1833 (Sea Anemone)
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Class: Anthozoa

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Size: Diameter 30 cm

Color: Tentacles brown or purplish, arising from oral disc of the same color.

Medium size anemone with convoluted oral disc. Tentacles to 50 mm long, with swellings (up to 20 on long tentacles) at intervals, either on only one side or nearly surrounding a tentacle so that it resembles a string of beads. Swellings often white. Oral disc broad, spread flat or slightly undulating at surface of sediment. Outermost tentacles may be shorter than inner, and can have purplish or greenish cast. Oral disc mostly visible because of sparse tentacles; may have white or brown radial markings that can continue onto tentacles. Tentacles may be sticky to touch; tapered to point that may be magenta in color. Adhesive verrucae on upper column lighter in color than column; lower column often mottled or solid orange or red. Animals attached to buried objects capable of retracting completely into sediment.

Found associated with symbiotic zooxanthellae and with few anemone fishes like Amphiprion bicinctus, Amphiprion chrysogaster and Amphiprion frenatus.

Synonym (s)

Common Name (s)
• Beaded Sea Anemone (English)
Economic Importance and Threats

Habitat:  Reef Associated


• Andaman and Nicobar Islands INDIA (Record: 2000-2005)

Literature Source(s)
  • Madhu, R and Madhu, K (2007) Occurrence of anemonefishes and host sea anemones in Andaman and Nicobar Islands Journal of the Marine Biological Association of India The Marine Biological Association of India, Cochin 49(2) 118-126 Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at - http://www.marinespecies.org
  • Guardini, M and Boyer, M World database of marine species Available at - http://www.seadb.univpm.it/index.php
  • Fautin, DG and Allen, GR (1992) Sea anemones Field guide to anemone fishes and their host sea anemones Available at - http://www.nhm.ku.edu/inverts/ebooks/intro.html
  • Starfish Available at - http://www.starfish.ch/

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