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Stichodactyla mertensii (Merten's carpet sea anemone)

Synonyms: Stichodactyla meretensii

Wikipedia Abstract

Mertens' carpet sea anemone (Stichodactyla mertensii) is a species of stichodactylid sea anemones. It is regarded as the largest sea anemone with a diameter of over 1 m (3.3 ft), the next largest being Heteractis magnifica which has longer tentacles. This species has an oral disc that can be described as more ovoid than circular that contours to the surrounding substrate and is attached to the substrate by adhesive verrucae, which are wart like projections. Its blunt or pointed tentacles are uniformly shaped, and are only about 1–2 centimetres (0.39–0.79 in) long. It contains obligate symbiotic zooxanthellae, and is a host to around half the species of anemonefish and one damselfish, Dascyllus trimaculatus.
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Shelter for 
Amphiprion akallopisos (skunk-stripe anemonefish)[1]
Amphiprion clarkii (Yellowtail clownfish)[1]
Amphiprion ocellaris (Clown anemonefish)[1]
Amphiprion sandaracinos (Eastern skunk anemonefish)[1]

External References


Abstract provided by DBpedia licensed under a Creative Commons License
Species taxanomy provided by GBIF Secretariat (2022). GBIF Backbone Taxonomy. Checklist dataset accessed via on 2023-06-13; License: CC BY 4.0