Fish-Eating Anemone

Scientific Name Urticina piscivora

Native To The Pacific Ocean from Alaska to California

Habitat Found in tidal pools and just off the shore

Diet Primarily eats small fish but will also eat other invertebrates

Size and Age Can grow to be 26 cm in diameter. It is not known how exactly long they can live but they will live several decades.

Natural History

These anemones got the name ‘fish-eating’ because they will use their long, slender tentacles to catch live fish and eat it. The can also entrap other living invertebrates such as shrimp.

Near Threatened

Conservation Status

These anemones live on rocky reefs. Unfortunately, commercial fishing vessels and destroy these reefs and leave behind a wasteland.

Interesting Facts

  • A fish known as the Painted Greenling has been to known to live in the Fish-Eating Anemone’s tentacles the same way clown fish live in tropical anemones.
  • Anemones have the ability to move around. They can either glide along on their pedal disc ‘foot’ or they can completely detach and float away with the tide.
  • When food is plentiful these anemones will increase in size. When food is scarce they will decrease in size.