Calliactis parasitica (Couch, 1842)

AphiaID: 100946

parasitic anemone

Animalia (Kingdom) > Cnidaria (Phylum) > Anthozoa (Class) > Hexacorallia (Subclass) > Actiniaria (Order) > Enthemonae (Suborder) > Metridioidea (Superfamily) > Hormathiidae (Family)

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Identifying features

  • Up to 8 cm high and 5 cm wide.
  • Column blotched and streaked red or grey brown in colouration.
  • Up to 700 slender tentacles.
  • Firm, stiff column.
  • Blister-like pores at base of column.
  • Usually found in association with hermit crabs.

Conservation Status


Actinea parasitica
Actinia effeta
Actinia effoeta Linnaeus, 1767
Actinia parasitica Couch, 1842
Actinia priapus
Adamsia effta
Adamsia priapus
Calliactis (Sagartia) parasitica (Couch, 1842)
Calliactis effoeta
Calliactis effta Lin.
Calliactis polypus Klunzinger
Calliactis rondeletii (Delle Chiaje, 1828)
Calliactus parasitica
Cribrina (Tristemma) effoeta Ehrenberg
Cylista parasitica (Couch, 1842)
Sagartia effaeta Linnaeus
Sagartia parasitica (Couch, 1842)

International References

additional source Hayward, P.J.; Ryland, J.S. (Ed.). (1990). The marine fauna of the British Isles and North-West Europe: 1. Introduction and protozoans to arthropods. Clarendon Press: Oxford, UK. ISBN 0-19-857356-1. 627 pp. [details]

additional source Fautin, Daphne G. (2013). Hexacorallians of the World., available online at [details]

additional source Couch, R. Q. (1844). A Cornish fauna, being a compendium of the natural history of the country. Pt. 3. The zoophytes and calcareous corallines. Truro: Printed for the Royal Institution of Cornwall, by L.E. Gillet,1844. pp. i-xvii; 1-164., available online at [details]

basis of record van der Land, J.; den Hartog, J.H. (2001). Actiniaria, in: Costello, M.J. et al. (Ed.) (2001). European register of marine species: a check-list of the marine species in Europe and a bibliography of guides to their identification. Collection Patrimoines Naturels, 50: pp. 106-109 [details]

additional source Muller, Y. (2004). Faune et flore du littoral du Nord, du Pas-de-Calais et de la Belgique: inventaire. [Coastal fauna and flora of the Nord, Pas-de-Calais and Belgium: inventory]. Commission Régionale de Biologie Région Nord Pas-de-Calais: France. 307 pp., available online at [details]

Last update: 08 Oct. 2018
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