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Snakelock Anemone

Snakelock Anemone

About Snakelocks Anemones
The snakelocks anemone is scientifically known as Anemonia viridis, and formerly it is known as Anemonia sulcata. It is a sea anemone, usually found in the eastern Atlantic Ocean from Britain to the Mediterranean Sea. The tentacles of anemones in deep-sea water can be a grey but they are usually deep green with purple tips. This is due to the existence of symbiotic algae within their tentacles that use sunlight as an energy resource.

Scientific classification

  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Cnidaria
  • Class: Anthozoa
  • Family: Actiniidae
  • Order: Actiniaria
  • Genus: Anemonia

Snakelocks Anemones or Anemonia viridis are normally found on the southern and western seashore of Britain and in the Mediterranean Sea. They usually reside in Intertidal pools and shallow water. They require high intensity of light levels for the zooxanthellae symbiotic algae in its tissues to get power and energy.

Physical features of Snalelocks anemones
They are notable by long flowing tentacles and are usually found in a bright green color, sometimes with purple tips to the tentacles. A few snakelocks have a scarlet on their tentacles. Since the anemones gain from this, they prefer shallow seawaters. On an average, the snakelock anemone is 9 cm. large.

Snakelocks splits into two identical halves. The process can take around 5 minutes to 3 hours. Pairs can often be seen on the shore in spring.

They can eat larger food items both dead and living, e.g. small marine fish, and moulted palaemonid prawns, Gastropod molluscs and all sorts of crustaceans.

Snakelock Anemones

Stinging Tentacles of Snakelock Anemomes
If you poke with fingers, the tentacles feel extremely sticky to the thick skin. However, when grazed on by the stomach the tentacles can sting and can hurt, and the pain can last for a month. The sting can be worse compared to the jellyfish around Britain.

Snakelock Anemones prepare their own food
The anemone contains symbiotic algae called zooxanthellae that are found in the anemone's tissues. These algae are essential for the long-term survival of the sea anemone. When the numbers of algae reduce, the anemone may become dull grey. The algae need light to grow, therefore, Snakelocks Anemones is generally found in the sunniest pools. Unlike Beadlet Anemones, they do not willingly retract their tentacles if left trapped on land by the retreating tide. However, in aquaria they show their capability to do so.

Snakelocks anemones care
Change the aquarium water 50% in a month. Check the water quality as well as quantity and adjust the water changes accordingly in an aquarium. The average sized Snakelocks anemones are equal to one small fish. As far as waste production is concerned, Purigen and Poly-fiber are good products, which help to preserve water quality. Purigen is an artificial polymer that takes away soluble and insoluble impurities from water at an extremely high rate.

Snakelocks anemones as food
They are similar in look and texture to Croquettes, but have a strong seafood taste. The Snakelock anemone is consumed in southwestern Spain region, popularly known by the name"ortiguillas de mar"