TAXONOMY
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Cnidaria
Class: Anthozoa
Order: Actiniaria
Family: Stichodactylidae,

Genus/species: Stichodactyla tapetum

 

GENERAL CHARACTERISTICS: Tentacles short, bulbous variegated, multicolored pattern and densely packed. Often arrayed in fields on the entire disc. 

DISTRIBUTION/HABITAT: Found in the Indo-Pacific and Red Sea covering the sand or reef like a carpet..

Diameter up to 4 inches

DIET IN THE WILD: Primarily by-products of symbiotic zooxanthellae as well as drifting plankton. 

REMARKS: Not known to host clown fish, but they are attractive to anemone shrimp and anemone crabs. In the wild, they are favored by Sexy Shrimp (Thor amboinensis) and Periclimenes spp. commensal shrimps.

They can give a potent sting if touched.

 

References

California Academy of Sciences Steinhart Aquarium Color on the Reef AQA11 2016

Animal Diversity Web animaldiversity.org/accounts/Stichodactyla_tapetum/classi…

Ron’s flickr  https://www.flickr.com/photos/cas_docents/24745127802/in/album-72157659465376212/

Ron’s WordPress Shortlink  http://wp.me/p1DZ4b-iW