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by Robert (Bob) Fenner
Anemone ID – 09/10/13
First of all, congratulations on an amazing site for information. I have
learned a lot from you guys.
I was wondering if you could help me id this anemone (photos attached).
It looks like a bubble tip, but since it has green neon tips, I'm not sure
whether it is a rare morph or a Condy anemone. The oral disk has the same
color as the tentacles, and the foot has a light brown color.
<Any markings on this pedicle?>
Thank you very much in advance for your time and attention.
<And how large...? My current guess is on the genus Anemonia:
|Re: Anemone ID – 09/10/13
Thanks for an extremely fast response.
It has no markings on the pedicle. It is about 2 inches diameter.
<Ahh! Am further decided that this is a Majano of some sort... A beauty>
I bought it yesterday from a LFS and it hasn't moved since. Two maroon
clowns were trying to host it at the LFS.
Photo attached for foot visualization.
Thank you very much again.
All the best,
<And you, BobF>
Re: Anemone ID 9/10/13
Thank you very much.
<Ah welcome. B>
Help identifying Anemone 7/26/13
Hello, thanks for your time. I purchased this anemone last week under
the premise it is a long tentacle anemone. I was curious if you agree it
is, the fact that it moved out of the sandbed and up the rock an inch
(coupled with its lack of curling tentacles) has me believing it is
possibly a Condylactis. Or do long tentacle not always curl or not
always prefer sand beds.
<.... looks like a Macrodactyla; can't tell from the pic... need look at
pedicle... closer up at the rest... see WWM re. Bob Fenner>
Anemone Identification 6/28/13
Hi WetWebMedia team,
First of all, I'd like to thank you for all precious information you
provide for all of us, aquarists that love their hobby.
I've just bought this nem and I have some doubts if it is really a
Bubbletip one, since its base is orange and tentacles very short and
unusual in shape.
Thanks in advance.
All the best!
<Mmm, my guess is on Heteractis magnifica; based on the pedicle,
color... and the current scrunched down tentacles. Do see WWM re this
species; not easily kept and quite predatory. Bob Fenner>
Need help to identify/Anemone ID 6/1/2013
can you please help me. I have used you wisdom once before and was happy
with the answers I got.
I bought some live rock today (2 rocks, 5 kilos) and noticed two little
critters come out, I can't identify them on any website due to perhaps
not explaining them too well, to me they look like feather dusters with
long tenticals <tentacles>.
Here are some pictures.
Thanks all help is appreciated.
<Eeeyu, Feather Dusters would be much more welcome than these Aiptasia
anemones. They do multiply rapidly, and a critter you really do
not want in your tank.
Please read here and related articles in the header.
James (Salty Dog)>
I was wondering if you would be able to help identify the anemone in the
<Mmm, not just from this one pic, no>
I got it, along with some other coral in a trade and while he called it a
carpet anemone I failed to find any pictures that matched to get an
exact ID. It's doubled in size since I got it, and seems to be
doing well. Not sure if it helps, but the tentacles are not sticky
so I've not been able to feed it like I do with my BTA.
Thanks in advance.
<Can you scoot the substrate away from the pedicle and get a close,
flash pic? Bob Fenner>
|Re: Anemone ID
Hopefully this one helps, but unfortunately the way it's sitting the foot is
attached to the rock and not the substrate, so I couldn't really move away
much. Not sure if it's helpful, but around the foot and when disturbed
it has some fine purple thread like tentacles that come out (see bottom left
in the pic).
<Acontian fibers perhaps>
When I originally put it into the tank, and it was fully closed, the foot
looked similar. There were so many "threads" that I thought it had
been damaged when it was removed from the original tank.
Thanks for the help. If this isn't good I'll catch it after dark when
it closes up more, and then see if I can't get a better picture. The
camera is having a hard time focusing, so I may have to get my wife (the
photographer) to put the camera in manual mode and get a better one.
I'm a auto-focus point and shoot photographer :)
<The strange clustering of the base of tentacles... that so many are
bifurcated is throwing me. I don't know what this is, but will look through
my references. BobF>
What IS this? B
Re: Anemone ID 5/25/13
I think the "anemone" in question might be a Corallimorpharian like
Rhodactis or similar, not a true anemone.
<I do agree with you>
<And you, BobF>
Mystery Anemone/coral: Telmatactis sp. – 12/14/12
Hi WWM crew,
<Hi Dave, Lynn here this evening.>
Firstly let me just say thank you for the wealth of knowledge which you
have provided me with over the past couple of years since I started this
amazing and sometimes frustrating hobby.
<On behalf of Bob, myself, and the rest of the crew, we thank you very
This evening when I came home from work I saw this hitchhiker in my tank
and was just wondering whether you could identify it for me - the glass
coloured creature on the sand.
<It appears to be an anemone in the genus Telmatactis (aka the
The head end (visible) is approximately the size of a 1p piece, and has
a mustard yellow thick body which extends into the rock behind it.
It is really quite pretty
<Yes, it is!>
…and would like to keep it in the tank should it be fairly non-aggressive,
but I am a little concerned as a few days ago I had a mystery death of a
yellow tailed damsel which was showing no sign of disease or ill health
- could this creature be responsible?
<It’s possible, if the damsel was very small and somehow blundered into
Other tank mates are 2 common clowns, a lemon peel angel, a six-line
wrasse and 2 more yellow tailed damsels, plus a toadstool coral, a
Goniopora coral and some clean-up crew. The tank is 200l and has not had
any life added for the past 12 months as it seemed to be in a very happy
state - so I am not sure where it came from.
<It more than likely moved into this new/more favorable location from
whatever unseen location it was in previously.>
Thank you once again for your ongoing help and dedication to the cause.
<You’re very welcome. For more information regarding these
anemones, please see the FAQ titled “Anemone ID: Telmatactis spp.
8/9/10” at the following link:
A terrific close-up of Telmatactis Americana can be seen here:
<Take care, Lynn Z>
anemone question or ID please - 11/15/2012Please
help if you can.... have any idea of what these are....I have attached a
I think baby somethings, but my strong points are not anemones. Hope
attachments come through.....if not how do we send pics.
thank you so much in advance,
<Ahh, this is actually a type/species of Corallimorpharian, Mushroom.
Please read here:
<Cheers, Bob Fenner>
Grant C. Anderson
Curator of Fishes
The Marine Cove at Sertoma Butterfly House
4320 S. Oxbow Ave.
Sioux Falls, SD 57106
|Re: anemone question or ID please
thank you so much, since my accidents I have no reference to what I recall
from my earlier days.
<Yeeikes! I have an ever-diminishing recall capacity... no thanks to none!>
thank you again,
<Certainly welcome. Bob Fenner>
Carpet Anemone 11/10/12
I recently ordered a giant carpet anemone from Pet Co. and I'm sure they
sent me the wrong species. It was sold as an assorted giant
carpet anemone species
<Mmm, which this is>
and I was hoping to receive a Haddon's. I got this one and it
doesn't seem like any of the 3 giant carpets species I was expecting. It's
hard to tell in the picture, but it is just shy of 7 inches and slightly
asymmetrical. It was lost in shipping and 37 hrs late. The water temp
was 62 degrees and ammonia tested at 2ppm. I rushed acclimation
because of this and yet this thing plopped down in my tank, buried it's foot
(which is light orange with red dots)
<Both good clues to ID>
and has not moved an inch. A true giant carpet would never have
survived this so easy. I had a Haddon's for years and could tell by looking
at it that I needed to do a water change. I thought this might
be a maxi anemone or mini carpet.
I can find very little out there on them, the difference between them
(size?) two. Also the pizza anemone...some say big, some say a couple
inches. I need to know what this is and does it need to be relocated when I
get the Haddon's. Will it eat my fish?
<Mmm, yes; given the opportunity>
I have all soft corals, maroon clown pair, coral beauty and a leopard
wrasse. Thanks for your help. Jenni VC
<Do read here:
This appears to be a S. gigantea. Bob Fenner>