Image Credit: Alex Pike

Attack of the Clones

  • March 26, 2018

The protective nature of the waratah anemone

“The vibrant waratah anemone (Actinia tenebrosa) is a common resident in tide pools along eastern Australia,” says Alex.

“These fascinating organisms can reproduce asexually and often live in clonal colonies, as juveniles attach to rocks close to their parent. Amazingly, individuals in a colony know whether they are related or not, and will attack unrelated anemones if they settle too close. On this day there was a large storm coming into Port Kembla that was creating some interesting, moody clouds so I ran down to the beach to get this photo with the anemones in the foreground. I'm guessing they were all related because I didn't see any fighting!”

 

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