Nematostella vectensis Stephenson, 1935

Starlet anemone

Nematostella vectensis

Description: A tiny worm-like anemone up to 40mm long and 2mm diameter, usually about 15mm x 1mm. Up to 16 very long (relative to disc size) tentacles. Transparent, more or less patterned with white as in illustration.

Habitat: Habitat similar to Edwardsia ivelli, Nematostella vectensis may be very abundant if present.

Distribution: Known from several southern counties: Dorset, Hampshire, Sussex, Suffolk and Norfolk, although it has become extinct in several localities as a result of loss of habitat and pollution. Also known from North America (both coasts) and from Canada.

Similar Species: Compare with Edwardsia ivelli.

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). Nematostella vectensis Stephenson, 1935. [In] Encyclopedia of Marine Life of Britain and Ireland. Accessed on 2023-12-11

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