Arachnanthus sarsi Carlgren, 1912

Arachnanthus sarsi

Description: The overall appearance of this burrowing cerianthid anemone is superficially similar to Cerianthus lloydii, however Arachnanthus sarsi is much larger and has fewer tentacles. The tentacles are arranged in two cycles, there are 30 marginal (outer cycle) and 30 labial (inner cycle) tentacles. The labial tentacles point inwards and upward to form a cone, this feature is distinctive and readily distinguishes this species from Cerianthus lloydii. Up to about 200mm in height when expanded.

Habitat: Lives in a parchment-like tube in mud, sand or shelly mud sediment at 10-36m. May be partly nocturnal in behaviour.

Distribution: Recorded in Britain from the southeast coast of Coll, the islands to the south of Oban, St. Kilda and a few other sites in western Scotland, Rathlin Island, Co Antrim and Malin Beg, Co Donegal in Ireland.

Key Identification Features:

Distribution Map: NBN map : National Biodiversity Network mapping facility, data for UK.

WoRMS: Species record : World Register of Marine Species.

iNaturalist: Species account : iNaturalist World Species Observations database

 Picton, B.E. & Morrow, C.C. (2016). Arachnanthus sarsi Carlgren, 1912. [In] Encyclopedia of Marine Life of Britain and Ireland. Accessed on 2024-07-13

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