Club-Tipped Anemone

Corynactus californica

Physical Description

Club-tipped anemones (Corynactus californica) are aggregating anemones with white tentacles ending in distinctive club-shaped tips. They grow to about 2.5 centimeters in diameter, with colors varying from pink, orange, red and purple.

Habitat and Geographical Range

Club-tipped anemones are commonly found in shallow waters along the Pacific coast of North America, from Alaska to Baja California. They inhabit rocky substrates in intertidal zones and can also be found in deeper waters on offshore reefs.

Diet and Reproduction

As carnivorous organisms, club-tipped anemones primarily feed on small zooplankton and tiny marine invertebrates. They capture prey using their tentacles, which are armed with stinging cells called nematocysts. Reproduction occurs through a process called external fertilization, where eggs and sperm are released into the water column, resulting in the development of free-swimming larvae.

Physical Threat to Humans

While club-tipped anemones are not considered dangerous to humans, they possess venomous nematocysts in their tentacles that can cause irritation or allergic reactions if touched. It’s advisable to avoid direct contact with these creatures to prevent any potential discomfort.

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