On Exhibit: Monterey Bay Habitats
invertebrates and small fishes
to 8 inches tall (20 cm), 10 inches (25 cm) across
hydroids, corals and jellyfishes; phylum Cnidaria
Alaska to southern California
While more delicate species rake in bits of food, this anemone has sturdy tentacles that bring down big game like shrimps and small fishes. Like other anemones, they grow larger when food's plentiful and "grow" smaller when food is scarce.
Rocky reefs are important homes for many kinds of fish and invertebrates. But "rockhopper" trawls, used in commercial fishing can leave reefs a tumbled wasteland, not to recover for decades.
Small fish called painted greenlings sometimes lie in fish-eating anemones, much like clownfish do in tropical anemones.