A Is for Anthopleura

Anthopleura xanthogrammica, giant green Anthopleura artemisia, moonglow Anthopleura elegantissima, pink-tipped green To see more images of these and a couple non-Anthopleura anemones, head over to my sea anemones page. An Alphabet Challenge–Subjects That Begin with the Letter A

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Oral Disk of the Giant Green Anemone, Anthopleura xanthogrammica

An intimate view of the monochromatic oral disk surface of A. xanthogrammica. The flat topography of the disk is interrupted by a large opening though which food passes and undigested material is expelled. Grains of sand dotting the disk surface are probably the undigested remnants of a recent meal. The short conical tentacles surrounding the…

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Aggregating Anemones Handle the Sand

It’s just a narrow strip of low lying rocks. It barely sticks out of the sand – takes a pounding from the surf and periodically gets buried by building sands. I have walked past these rocks for years without paying much attention. That’s not surprising; they don’t look too promising. By promising, I mean big…

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