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Dahlia anemone


diameter of the foot up to 17 centimeters


pink, red, green, yellow, orange or lilac


small fish, larger crustaceans such as crabs and shrimp


sea slug


sexual and vegetative

  • Dut: Zeedahlia
  • Lat: Urticina felina
  • Eng: Dahlia anemone, northern red anemone
  • Ger: Dickhörnige Seerose (Seedahlie)
  • Dan: Sĝgeorgine
Dahlia anemone, Ecomare

Dahlia anemone

Dahlia anemones are large sea anemones, having as many as 10 to 160 tentacles. This anemone is easy to recognize when scuba diving. It has bands that run from the mouth to up and around the tentacles. Sometimes, there are even bands on the tentacles. The mouth of the dahlia anemone is found in the middle of all the tentacles, surrounded by very thick lips. The dahlia anemone is also known by the name northern red anemone.

  • Distribution and habitat
    Dahlia anemone, foto fitis, sytske dijksen

    Dahlia anemones are not a common phenomenon along Dutch shores. They live at or below the low-tide mark on hard substrate; with luck, you can find them on the dikes or on docks in yacht harbors. They are fairly common in deeper sections of the North Sea where the current is strong. Once in awhile, they choose to live on softer bottoms. Its other name, northern red anemone, has to do with the fact that it is basically only found in the north Atlantic, the North Sea and the Baltic Sea, all northerly waters.