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Marine Animal Encyclopedia

Antarctic Anemone Urticinopsis antarctica

Like many other Antarctic marine animals, the Antarctic anemone grows to a large size, but rather slowly. It has long tentacles with powerful stinging cells and is capable of catching and eating starfish, sea urchins, and jellyfish much larger than itself. As there are often many Antarctic anemones living close together, two or more may hold a large jellyfish. As in most anemones, stinging cells on the tentacles fire barbed threads into the prey to hold it and to paralyze or kill it.

Antarctic Anemonezoom image
  • Class Anthozoa
  • Size Not recorded
  • Depth 15–740 ft (5–225 m)
  • Habitat Rocky sea beds
  • Distribution Southern Ocean around Antarctica and South Shetland Islands
Antarctic Anemone habitat mapzoom image