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Jewel Anemone

Location: Scotland
The knobbed tentacles, which number up to 100, can often be in bright contrasting, and sometimes clashing colours. They come in several colour forms that are so dazzling bright that they almost look florescent. Trying to photograph all the different colour form can be addictive! Although beautiful each colour group will compete furiously for space and will use their special stinging cells, (called cnidocysts) to attack competitors. Jewel anemones manage to form large patches of identical individuals by cloning themselves. They do this by splitting themselves in two a process called longitudinal fission.
Photographer: Richard Shucksmith
Image ID: RSUW0003
Gallery: Image of the Week

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