Macrodactyla doreensis   (Quoy & Gaimard)  1833 (Sea Anemone)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Anthozoa

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Size: Upto 500 mm diameter but commonly considerably less

Color: Oral disc usually purplish-gray to brown, sometimes with a green cast; tentacles basically same color but tips may be darker or lighter. Lower part of column dull orange to brilliant red, upper part brownish.

Tentacles few, long (to 175 mm), all alike, sinuous, evenly tapered to point, sometimes (but not invariably) assuming corkscrew shape. Oral disc widely flared, with radial white lines that may extend onto tentacles; lies at surface of sediment. Column buried in sediment; with non-adhesive, prominent white round to ovoid (eye-shaped) verrucae in longitudinal rows. When disturbed, tentacles may shrivel or may adhere to collector's hand and pull off. Can retract completely into sediment.

Found associated with zooxanthellae and with anemone fishes like Amphiprion chrysogaster, Amphiprion clarkii, Amphiprion frenatus, Amphiprion perideraion and Amphiprion polymnus. Also observed in association with Dascyllus trimaculatus and with shrimps like Periclimenes holthuisi.

Synonym (s)

Common Name (s)
• Corkscrew Tentacle 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 -
  • Guardini, M and Boyer, M World database of marine species Available at -
  • Fautin, DG and Allen, GR (1992) Sea anemones Field guide to anemone fishes and their host sea anemones Available at -
  • Starfish Available at -

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