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Marine Wildlife  Beadlet Anemone

Beadlets - Photo  Copyright 2002 Gary Bradley
Photo: G. Bradley

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Latin name: Actinia equina

Size: Around 70mms tall. The tentacles are approximately 70mms across.

Distribution: Throughout the UK.

Months seen: All year round.

Habitat: Rocky coastlines. They can often be seen on rocks at low tide.

Food: Small fish and shrimps

Special features: The tentacles are capable of delivering a painful sting, which is how it catches its prey. The colour can vary from red to almost brown, and there is a ring of blue spots around the base of the tentacles. When its 200 tentacles are fully opened it resembles a flower.

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