Tag: Magnificent Anemone (Heteractis magnifica)

The Magnificent Anemone (Heteractis magnifica), also known as the Ritteri Anemone is perhaps one of the most spectacular and recognisable species of Anemone found in local waters.

Commonly found in areas which provide ample sunlight and water movement, where they often form large, spectacular colonies, the Magnificent Anemone lives in symbiosis with a variety of small fish and crustaceans, most notably the Pink Anemonefish.

Growing to a maximum diameter of approximately 1m, Magnificent Anemones are easily recognised by their flamboyantly coloured base, which may vary in colour from blue, purple, green to yellow.

Although generally categorised as Heteractis magnifica, the scientific name Radianthus magnifica is also valid for this species, albeit less widely used.

The Magnificent Anemone (Heteractis magnifica), also known as the Ritteri Anemone is perhaps one of the most spectacular and recognisable species of Anemone found in local waters.

Commonly found in areas which provide ample sunlight and water movement, where they often form large, spectacular colonies, the Magnificent Anemone lives in symbiosis with a variety of small fish and crustaceans, most notably the Pink Anemonefish.

Growing to a maximum diameter of approximately 1m, Magnificent Anemones are easily recognised by their flamboyantly coloured base, which may vary in colour from blue, purple, green to yellow.

Although generally categorised as Heteractis magnifica, the scientific name Radianthus magnifica is also valid for this species, albeit less widely used.

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Magnificent Anemone (Heteractis Magnifica) with Pink Anemonefish (Amphiprion Perideraion)

A Pink Anemonefish (Amphiprion Perideraion) settles into its host Magnificent Anemone (Heteractis Magnifica) as the early evening sunlight begins to fade over Mae Haad/Koh Ma reef.

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A Colony of Magnificent Anemones (Heteractis Magnifica) at South-West Pinnacles, Koh Tao

One of the most striking features at South West Pinnacles are the beautiful colonies of

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Magnificent Anemone (Heteractis Magnifica)

A close-up view of a Magnificent Anemone (Heteractis Magnifica), photographed at Sail Rock.

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Pink Anemonefish (Amphiprion Perideraion) guarding its eggs

A Pink Anemonefish (Amphiprion Perideraion) attentively guarding its clutch of eggs which are attached to the rock.
Usually the eggs would be hidden beneath the protective tentacles of the Magnificent Anemones (Heteractis Magnifica), but on this occasion a strong current meant that the eggs were exposed.

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Pink Anemonefish (Amphiprion Perideraion)

A Pink Anemonefish (Amphiprion Perideraion) makes a rare excursion away from its host Magnificent Anemone (Heteractis Magnifica) to inspect the camera lens.

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Pink Anemonefish (Amphiprion Perideraion)

A Pink Anemonefish (Amphiprion Perideraion) hiding within the stinging tentacles of its host Magnificent Anemone (Heteractis Magnifica) at Sail Rock.

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Pink Anemonefish (Amphiprion Perideraion)

A Pink Anemonefish (Amphiprion Perideraion) peering through the stinging tentacles of a Magnificent Anemone (Heteractis Magnifica) to which it is immune.

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Magnificent Anemones (Heteractis Magnifica) and Damselfish (Pomacentridae) at Chumphon Pinnacles, Koh Tao

Magnificent Anemones create a perfect haven for numerous small species of fish at

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Magnificent Anemone (Heteractis Magnifica)

The tentacles of a Magnificent Anemone (Heteractis Magnifica) sway in the current at Sail Rock.

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Pink Anemonefish (Amphiprion Perideraion)

A Pink Anemonefish (Amphiprion Perideraion) resting within a Magnificent Anemone (Heteractis Magnifica), with which it shares a symbiotic relationship.