Heteractis malu   (Haddon & Shackleton)  1893 (Sea Anemone)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Anthozoa

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Size: Diameter 200 mm

Color: Oral disc brown or purplish, rarely bright green. Column commonly pale cream or yellow color, may have splotches of deep yellow or orange; upper part violet brown (due to zooxanthellae).

Tentacles sparse, stubby (rarely to 40 mm long), of variable length even within one radial row, commonly magenta-tipped. Oral disc lies at surface of sediment in which delicate column is burrowed. Tentacles arise from oral disc that may have white radial markings; evenly tapered to point or slightly inflated in middle; lower part same color as oral disc, but upper portion may have several white rings or green end. Column very thin in expansion with longitudinal rows of adhesive verrucae. Anemones can retract completely into sediment; most common in shallow, quiet waters.

Found associated with zooxanthellae and with only one anemone fish Amphiprion clarkii.

Synonym (s)

Common Name (s)
• Delicate 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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