Tuesday, April 22, 2008
Giant Anemone, Condylactis gigantea
It may look like a large flower with its 10-inch-wide mass of pink- and purple-tipped tentacles, but this predator can paralyze and engulf animals as large as sea urchins. The stinging tentacles surround a slit-like mouth that gapes open to swallow prey. The giant anemone is home to various shrimps, which gain protection from predators within the anemone's tentacles.
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