Pink-Tipped Anemone

Scientific Name Anthopleura elegantissima

Native To Northern Pacific Ocean

Habitat Found in tidal pools and just off the shore

Diet Can eat very small fish, algae, invertebrates, and detritus

Size and Age Can grow to 7 cm diameter. It is not known how exactly long they can live but they will live several decades.

Natural History

These anemones are also commonly as the Aggregating Anemone because they can rapidly clone themselves and live in large clusters of genetically identical individuals. Clonemates from different clusters are enemies. Anemones on the edges of the cluster develop large white nodules that are full with stinging cells. They use these stinging cells to ward off members of another clone group.

Near Threatened

Conservation Status

Two major threats facing these anemones are loss of suitable habitat and pollution such as oil spills and agricultural runoff. As ocean levels rise the tidal pools these specialized animals live in become unsuitable.

Interesting Facts

  • This is the most abundant anemone species found on the Pacific coast of North America
  • The anemones will reproduce sexually by releasing eggs and sperm into the water to create a genetically new individual who will start its own cluster.
  • Sticky bumps on the outside of the anemone‚Äôs body will pick up sand and shells which provide camouflage and prevent the anemone from drying out.