Snakelocks anemone

Anemonia viridis

The snakelocks anemone is a sea anemone found in the eastern Atlantic Ocean to the Mediterranean Sea.

The tentacles of anemones in deep or murky water can be a grey colour, but are otherwise usually a deep green colour with purple tips due to the presence of symbiotic algae within the tentacles that use sunlight as an energy source. Since the anemones benefit from this. they prefer brightly lit shallow waters. On average the snakelock anemone is 8 cm wide.
Snakelocks Anemone - Anemonia viridis Green with pink tipped-tentacles. Anemonia viridis,Fall,Geotagged,Snakelocks anemone,Spain


Unlike other cnidarians, anemones entirely lack the free-swimming medusa stage of the life cycle; the polyp produces eggs and sperm, and the fertilized egg develops into a planula that develops directly into another polyp.


This species is becoming a popular aquarium pet, especially in Europe. It readily adapts to aquaria. This anemone is consumed in Sardinia, orziadas are deep-fried in olive oil also in southwestern Spain, in the Gulf of Cádiz region, as ''ortiguillas de mar'' , or simply ''ortiguillas''. The whole animal is marinated in vinegar, coated in a tempura-like batter, and deep-fried in olive oil. ''Ortiguillas'' are offered in some coastal Andalusian restaurants as a delicacy. They are similar in appearance and texture to croquettes, but have a strong seafood taste.


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SpeciesA. viridis
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