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Corkwing wrasse

Corkwing wrasse

Ballan wrasse

Ballan wrasse

Cuckoo wrasse

Cuckoo wrasse

Cuckoo wrasse

Cuckoo wrasse

Goldsinny-wrasse

Goldsinny-wrasse

Three-spined stickleback

Three-spined stickleback

Lumpsucker

Lumpsucker

Tadpole fish

Tadpole fish

Topknot

Topknot

Greater weever

Greater weever

Eelpout

Eelpout

Shorthorn sculpin

Shorthorn sculpin

Green crab

Green crab

Edible crab

Edible crab

Common starfish

Common starfish

Edible sea urchin

Edible sea urchin

Dahlia anemone

Dahlia anemone

Plumose sea anemone

Plumose sea anemone

Common whelk

Common whelk

Dahlia anemone

Dahlia anemone

Facts

LatinUrticina felina
Size12 cm
FoodSmall crustaceans and fish
HabitatRocks and boulder reefs down to depths of 100 metres.
IUCN

Not evaluated

LocationNorthern seas
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The flower is an animal

The dahlia anemone is an animal. It was named for the anemone flower because it resembles a flower. But small animals should take care - the dahlia anemone is a ferocious predator.

Mouth and bottom all-in-one

The dahlia anemone paralyses its prey with its venomous cells, catches it with its tentacles, places it in its mouth and down into the internal cavity where it is digested. Undigested pieces are then ejected through the mouth. The dahlia anemone only has one opening.

Is the dahlia anemone poisonous?

The dahlia anemone is poisonous. It belongs to the same family as the stinging jellyfish. But the toxin of the Danish dahlia anemone is so weak that we cannot feel it. On the other hand, the toxin is highly effective on smaller animals.

Meet a dahlia anemone in the wild

Dahlia anemone can be found attached to stones and rocks in the water. If you snorkel, you can look for them along the outer jetty in the harbour. If you are diving in a shipwreck or near a reef, you can see large numbers of dahlia anemone. The large dahlia anemone is quite commonly found in Danish waters.


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