Long Tentacle Anemone
Long Tentacle Anemone :
The Long Tentacle Anemone is known by different names such as Corkscrew Anemone, Red Base Anemone, Sand Anemone, and Long Tentacle Red Base Anemone. Its scientific name is Macrodactyla doreensis. It has a similar look as Heteractis crispa, which has more tentacles and a stronger column. Its oral disc is generally visible and can grow up to 25" inch in diameter.
Long Tentacle Anemone Habitat :
These are usually found in shallow waters. They hide their foot in deep sand or mud. They are generally hosted by clownfish. They use their poisonous cells or nematocyst found in their tentacles to sting and prevent any possible threats or attacks. Some predators are angelfish, butterfly fish, and sea stars.
Appearance of the Long Tentacle Anemone :
The Long Tentacle Anemone or Corkscrew Anemone has a supple squishy body that can be tuber shaped. The pedal column has a sultry foot at the bottom that they use to stick to various surfaces. They also use this foot to move about if conditions are not good. The color of Long Tentacle Anemone is brown, or reddish-brown and they have unique white spots on their foot. Long Tentacle Anemone tentacles are on the surface of the oral disc, with the mouth being in the midpoint. The tentacle colors are white with pink tips, and sometimes tan or purple. This species of Anemone has Acrorhagi, which are mainly shorter stubbier tentacles on the bottom of the oral disk. These are exposed when the Long Tentacle Anemone close their mouth.
Long Tentacle Anemone Breeding and Reproduction :
These Anemones in general can multiply by sexual and asexual means. One of the ways is fission, which means they in reality split in half from the mouth to form a clone. They also breed using male and female sex glands.
Long Tentacle Anemone Life Cycles :
Long Tentacle Anemones can grow up to 50 cm, but it is indefinite how long they are alive. Some Long Tentacle Anemone can be 150 years old in the wild, and in captivity some have been known to last about 90 years or more. This anemone species has been known to split in captivity, but this is very rare.
Long Tentacle Anemone Foods and Feeding :
This Anemone is a carnivore animal. In their natural habitat, these anemones are well equipped with nutrition. They get daily nutrition from their symbiotic algae, known as Zooxanthellae, which dwell within their tissues. They also use their poisonous cells to sting and capture prey. They take in nutrients present in the water around them and they eat wastes from dweller animals like clownfish.
Long Tentacle Anemone care :
The Long Tentacle Anemone requires an aquarium with 5 inches of sand or rubble substrate in which it can hide. In captivity you can feed your Long Tentacle Anemone with chopped krill, and mussels or fresh chopped fish. They need food three to five times a week.
Quick Facts :
- Minimum Tank Size: 35 gallons
- Care Level: Reasonable
- Temperament: Partially aggressive
- Water flow: Medium
- Water Conditions: 75-79° F
- Color Form: Black, Green, Orange, Purple, Tan
- Lighting: Moderate
- Origin: Indo-Pacific Ocean
- Family: Actiniidae
- Reef Compatible: Yes