This anemone has no acontia
but it does have a circle of whitish knobs (sometimes called "contact
around the margin of the oral disk (photo).
It has white tubercles all up and down its column wall (photo).
The overall color is white, yellow, or pink and there are narrow zigzag
lines, often red, across the tentacles. The tentacles are
may droop down. Red lines radiate outward on the oral disk (photo).
Up to 20 cm tall.
Cribrinopsis fernaldi Siebert and
Common name(s): Crimson anemone, Snakelock anemone, Fernald brooding
|Cribrinopsis fernaldi from Burrows
Channel, Wa. Oral disk diameter
of this individual is 4.5 cm.
|(Photo by: Dave Cowles,
How to Distinguish from
crassicornis has similar colors but the stripes on
are broad and it does not have the "contact tentacles" (which are
hard to find). Epiactis
has radiating lines on the oral disk also but the lines are white and
are no tubercles on the column.
to Puget Sound
Subtidal to at least
broods its young internally. A common symbiont is the
Heptacarpus kincaidi is another common shrimp symbiont (photo).
The heart crab Phyllolithodes
papillosus often shelters under the anemone when
We have also observed the scaled crab Placetron wosnessenskii
under the anemones (photo).
General Notes and
abundances, unusual behaviors:
This anemone is common on the deep slope on the outer side of
A view of the oral disk.
In this underwater photo by Kirt Onthank, Taken at Northwest Island,
the whitish knobs (sometimes called "contact tentacles") used for
other anemones can be seen in a ring around the outside of the normal
Most often these knobs are hard to see. This animal was in a
group of several anemones and may have them exposed because of recent
Do not confuse the white tubercles easily visible on the side of the
column with the contact tentacles.
The shrimp on the anemone's column is the candy-striped shrimp Lebbeus
grandimanus, which is a common symbiont on this and
The shrimp has a parasite in its left gill chamber, probably a bopyrid
Here is another Lebbeus
grandimanus shrimp on another Cribrinopsis
by Kirt Onthank summer 2007
common symbiont. Photo by Kirt Onthank, summer 2007
papillosus crabs often take shelter under the
Photo by Kirt Onthank summer 2007
wosnessenskii crabs also seem to frequently
shelter under the
anemones. Photo by Kirt Onthank, summer 2007
Underwater photo of a white individual by Kirt Onthank, July 2007
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