Green Anemone

Green Anemone

There are more than 1,000 sea anemone species found throughout the world's oceans at various depths, although the largest occur in tropical waters.
They can be as small as half an inch or as large as 6 feet across. Their bodies are composed of an adhesive pedal disc, or foot, a cylindrical body, and an array of tentacles surrounding a central mouth. The tentacles are triggered by the slightest touch. There are about 6,000 species of anemones and are known as flower animals for their lustrous, rainbow-like colors and include animals such as the sea anemone, coral, sea fan, and sea pen.
Green Anemone
Though it may look rugged, the rocky shore habitat is fragile. Rocky shore creatures like green anemones are at risk from coastal development and pollution (including waste oil and agricultural runoff). And some tide pools are in danger of being "loved to death" by visitors. Tread lightly as you explore tide pools to avoid crushing plants and animals, and never take creatures from their habitat.
Did YOU Know?    
A compound from the giant green anemone is now used as a vertebrate heart stimulant.
Green Anemone
Class: Other
Order: Cnidaria
Genus: Anthopleura
Species: xanthogrammica
Length: Up to 7 inches
Wild Diet: detached mussels, crabs, small fishes
Where at the Zoo? Rocky Shores

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