06 July 2012

Anemone, or not anemone?

"To be, or not anemone."
So, where is Nemo? 
Don't go looking for a clown fish on this one. You think it's an anemone? Think again! 
This is actually a mushroom coral (Family Fungiidae), specifically Heliofungia actiniformis. Considered vulnerable by the IUCN, this fungid is easily recognizable by its white-tipped tentacles that are always extended, resembling those of an anemone's.
This photo was taken by FishBase Scientific Coordinator Nicolas Bailly at the Balitian Reef in Anilao, Batangas, Philippines.

Written by:
Jeniffer Espedido
Research Assistant
The SeaLifeBase Project

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