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Cnidarian id        5/26/17
Hi, Guys! A friend of mine, who's an avid reefer and has been skin diving for the past 20+yrs, has discovered this rare Cnidarian. It's his first time encountering this beautiful creature. We think it's an anemone as the physiology greatly resembles one. The bottom is glued to the rock like an anemone, not like a soft coral. He collected this off Negros Island in the Visayas, Philippines, and it's the only one in the entire area where he dived 2 days ago.
It's photosensitive as it moved the black ruffle like tentacles when shone with a flashlight. It has what look like sweeping stinger tentacles buried underneath the black ruffles. The guy who discovered it, gently poked it with his chipping hammer to see if it reacted violently, but nothing happened, so he touched it with his finger and it didn't sting. What do you guys think it is?
<Does look to be an Actinodendron sp.; have seen a few such possibilities recently. Often called "Hell fire" anemones> Examples of larger ones here on WWM: http://www.wetwebmedia.com/anempt2.htm >
It would be awesome if it's a never before seen species. Hehe.
Hoping for an id,
<Thank you for sharing. Bob Fenner>

Anemone ID needed       2/28/15
Hello sir,
Would you kindly indentify the anemone in the attached pic? It has small tentacles with purple tips.
<Mmm; can't make much out in your pix... Amongst these Zoanthids... does this "Anemone" have a stony skeleton? Do "give it a gentle poke" to see/ascertain. If so; it might be a single polyp Caryophylliid or...? If not, it might be a very stressed Anemonia cf. majano. Please send back data, and a better resolved pic if you can>
My dad said that you are the best person to ask this question
Thank you.
<Welcome. Bob Fenner>

Anemone ID - I've searched the site and can't find a match 2/27/08 Hi - If you can help that would be great. I've searched and searched and asked on other forums and have gotten so many different answers I'm not sure what's right! My LFS has this anemone and I'm very interested in it - but want to be sure of its classification before I buy so that I can ensure giving it proper care. So far I've heard rock anemone, beaded anemone and H. malu anemone... What do you think? And if you know - can you also provide a link to where I can find more information on the species? Thank you! Kim <Hi, Kim. Mike I with you here. I'm afraid I've given my opinion on this one already, on a forum (I'm the one who asked if I could use your pics!). My opinion hasn't changed I'm afraid, in that it appears to be Heteractis malu. I know you want more opinions, so hopefully Bob F may chip in as this is published. All I can add is that if you can manage a picture of the underside of the oral disc, and anything of the column, it may help seal the deal. As for more info, searching the WWM files should bring you a fair bit of information. Thanks. Mike I>

Almost certainly H. malu. RMF

Anemone ID 2/27/08 Hi Guys, <Hi Beta> Let me first commend you on the great job that the crew is doing. <Thank you.> I'm looking for an ID on what I think is an anemone that was sent to me by a friend. These were collected from the southern part of India but not from a proper reef. It seems to be motile as in some of them have moved from the original position that they were in the tank. Can you try IDing this specimen? <Looks to me like a Majano...Bob?><<I am NOT an Anemonia! Heeeee! RMF>> Thanks and Regards <You're welcome. James (Salty Dog)> Beta Chennai, India

Re: Possible ID for this Anemone? 2/27/08 Thanks! Just to give an idea of the size, the largest one would be 3 inches across. Regards Beta <Thanks!> ID for this anemone? 2/27/08 Hi Guys, Let me first commend you on the great job that the crew is doing. I'm looking for an ID on what I think is an anemone that was sent to me by a friend. These were collected from the southern part of India but not from a proper reef. It seems to be motile as in some of them have moved from the original position that they were in the tank. Can you try IDing this specimen? Thanks and Regards Beta Chennai, India <Ahh, very nice. These appear to be Anemonia cf. majano. Bob Fenner>

Re: ID for this anemone? 2/27/08 Thanks Bob!
<Welcome Beta>

Identifying Possible Pest Anemone -- 2/19/08 <Hello> I recently ordered a bag of red algae from my LFS (I don't know what kind) and found a small anemone attached to a piece of it. <Uh-oh> I don't know much about anemones (just enough to say it is one) and I've looked at several pictures but they all look the same to me! <Heee! Once you look at enough of these things you'll start to see the differences, especially when it comes to differentiating the "pests" from the "desirables"). It just takes some experience/research and close observation. For instance, Aiptasia has slender, pointed tentacles. Not all anemones have these.> I suppose it looks just like the Aiptasia in shape and size, (it's small, about 1/3 inch wide) but it is a pale gray color. I have put it in my quarantine tank and have been feeding it brine/Mysis pieces until I can find out. Please help! <Hmmm, this is where a photo would really come in handy. What you have could indeed be Aiptasia (and likely is!). They're extremely common hitchhikers that are usually a translucent light to pale brown, although I've seen darker versions as well as some that were almost colorless. I've never seen a gray one, but depending on lighting, it's possible that one could appear so. Also, some species have what appear to be stripes on the tentacles. What they all have in common is that they're pests! Please see the photos at these links (as well as those at the highlighted links above) for comparison: http://www.wetwebmedia.com/aiptasidfaq2.htm http://www.wetwebmedia.com/anempt2.htm I'd go on the theory that 'If it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck'¦' it's a Ummm.. pest anemone and I'd get rid of it! I'd also check for others as well within the algae. Hope this helps. Please let me know if you need any additional information or assistance. By the way, if you're able to get a good photo, I'd be happy to take a look at it. Take care, -Lynn>

ID help Hi <Hi, Mike I with you today> I was wondering if you could help me ID this anemone.  2/18/08 <Can only try!> I received it from a friend who was breaking down their tank. Thanks Rich <The animal appears to be Heteractis magnifica, commonly know as the Magnificent Sea Anemone. The animal may be slightly bleached. They are particularly demanding anemones to keep, especially in terms of lighting and water flow. Do have a read through our anemone indices here: http://www.wetwebmedia.com/marine/inverts/cnidaria/anthozoa/anemones.htm and also more specifically, here: http://www.wetwebmedia.com/hetmagbehfaqs.htm

Another ritteri to go. RMF.

Re: Anemone Identity Unknown? follow up.   2/8/08 Hey guys thanks for such a quick response. Great to have someone on here offering their knowledge because they want to help others. Here is a few more pics. Got one of the anemones foot, mouth and the whole thing. Once again, thanks for trying to identify this for me. The lr has been in the tank for almost 4 years now, I bought the system from a guy about a year ago, now I am addicted. He said he had an anemone in the tank once before, he said it spilt once, but then he gave it away, he was not for sure what kind it was. :( <Looks to me to be an Entacmaea quadricolor. Please read here: http://wetwebmedia.com/btaidfaqs.htm and the linked files above. This one's apparently lacking nutrition, perhaps adequate lighting. Bob Fenner>

Anemone Identity unknown? -02/06/08 Hey crew. <Hey!> ran across your website several months ago and I have read 3/4 of your faq's and guides, most helpful on the net so far, by far. <Thanks, happy to hear that> I have looked for a similar anemone picture like this one everywhere, but nothing seems to be a good match. I was rearranging some LR and discovered him on the underside of a piece. He is about 1'' width X 1'' tall. <How long has the living rock been in the tank? Could it have grown from a fragment of a Bubble Tipped anemone from a different aquarium?> His tips are bubble like so I believe he may be a some type of BTA. <With something that size, the dreaded majano anemone could also be in the frame - see here: http://www.wetwebmedia.com/anemoniafaqs.htm> Here is a pic. In the close up, the grey spec in the center is a piece of squid mix the LFS mixes up for a few of us. Also, and how often should I feed it since it is this small? Got a couple more pics if you need extra. <Although in the picture it does indeed exhibit more Bubble Tip qualities than majano, a few more pics would be helpful - especially of the mouth, and the underside of the disc> Thanks bunches guys. & gals if applic. <You're welcome - do come back to us with the required information for a more informed response. Mike I>

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