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Anemonia viridis
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Anemonia viridis (Forskal, 1775)
Bahar ic-caghaq, <1m depth, very common
30/7/2011
Link: Actinaria.com
ACTINARIA
Actinidae
The snakelock anemone (Anemonia viridis) is a common sea anemone which is commonly found in very shallow sea all around the Maltese Islands. There are two forms of this species, one with white tentacle tips and one with purplish tentacle tips. The green colour is due to the presence of green algae in the tentacle tissues and for this reason the anemone lives in shallow water. The column is generally hidden from view and the tentacles are not withdrawn inside the column.