The southern anemone (Phlyctenanthus australis…

The southern anemone (Phlyctenanthus australis) lives on exposed areas of the #GreatSouthernReef between 1 and 35m.⁣

Anemones (Order Actiniaria) are in the class Anthozoa which include corals and sea pens of which there are over 200 species in southern Australia. They have a central body cavity and a central mouth, and hollow tentacles radiating in one or more rows around the mouth.  The body is supported by water pressure.  ⁣

The name “Anthozoa” comes from the Greek words ánthos; “flower” and zóa; “animals”, hence (anthozoa) = “flower animals”, a reference to the floral appearance of their perennial polyp stage. ⁣

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(at Tasmania)