JungleDragon is a nature and wildlife community for photographers, travellers and anyone who loves nature. We're genuine, free, ad-free and beautiful.

Join

Hell's Fire Anemone See it in action in the video: <section class="video"><iframe width="448" height="282" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/K0UvaErnkOs?hd=1&autoplay=0&rel=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></section> <br />
This is a burrowing anemone spotted in Dauin, Philippines. It stings badly if touched and contact also makes it retreat in the sand...is pretty impressive! Actinodendron plumosum,Fall,Geotagged,Hell's Fire Anemone,Philippines,soft fire coral Click/tap to enlarge PromotedSpecies introCountry intro

Hell's Fire Anemone

See it in action in the video:


This is a burrowing anemone spotted in Dauin, Philippines. It stings badly if touched and contact also makes it retreat in the sand...is pretty impressive!

    comments (6)

  1. Excuse my language, but holy shit! That's so cool. And here I thought touch-me-not plants are amazing. Posted one year ago
    1. It took me 5 years to find out the ID for this species so I am very proud that I can finally add an ID and a new species for JD! It turns out it has quite a crazy name so perhaps it should go to the mission for Epic Names?
      ;-)
      Posted 6 months ago
      1. Fantastic, thanks for the persistence! Posted 6 months ago
  2. Yes, and I thought because of its behavior it would be easy to find the ID but as of today I still have no idea. The dive master called it Fire Soft Coral but I don't find species with this name and I don´t even know if is a coral, I guess yes...any help with its ID will be highly welcome! Posted one year ago
  3. Wow, that is AMAZING! Posted 6 months ago
    1. Thanks Christine! It is indeed one of the most unique creatures I have seen in my dives :-) Posted 6 months ago

Sign in or Join in order to comment.

Known as garaban in Philippines, the Hell's Fire Anemone Actinodendron plumosum looks more like a coral, but is actually a burrowing anemone. They bury their foot and body in the sand with only their oral disc and tentacles emerging. When disturbed they can retract their entire body into the sand and be virtually invisible. The Hell's Fire Anemone is one of the 'stinging sea anemones' in the Actinodendronidae family.

Habitat:
The garaban, or hell’s fire sea anemone (Actinodendron.. more

Similar species: Sea Anemones
Species identified by Patomarazul
View Patomarazul's profile

By Patomarazul

All rights reserved
Uploaded Aug 6, 2016. Captured Oct 6, 2012 06:09 in Unnamed Road, Dauin, Negros Oriental, Philippines.
  • XZ-1
  • f/2.5
  • 1/400s
  • ISO100
  • 6mm