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Tube anemone (Cerianthidae sp) catch macro plancton, Mayotte

© Gabriel Barathieu / Biosphoto

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Shooting date : 2021-10-23

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The macro plankton attracted by the light of my lighthouses were caught by the tentacles of a Cerianthidae. The Cerianthidae is close to the sea anemones. It has more than 200 tentacles at its upper end, arranged in several rings around the mouth. There are two types of tentacles of different colours. The longer ones are positioned at the periphery and the shorter ones near the mouth. To feed, the cerianthidae captures animal plankton with its long tentacles. These then fold in towards the centre to transfer the food to the shorter tentacles, which lead them to the mouth.


Species / Species particularity / Aquatic species / Pelagos / Plankton

Shot / Macrophotography

World sea and ocean / Indian Ocean / Mozambique Channel

Animal / Wild animal / Invertebrate / Cnidaria / Anthozoan / Sea anemone / Tube anemone (Ceriantharia sp) / Tube anemone (Cerianthidae sp)


Area / Marine area / Sea / Tropical sea

Africa / Comoro Islands / Mayotte

Species / Diet pattern / Plankton-eating

Shot / Underwater shot

Area / Marine area / Sea bottom

Shot / Overview

Shot / Close-up

Behavior / Catch


Organism / Morphology / Morphology (zoology) / Tentacle

Species / Relation between species / Predation / Predator

Earth's crust / Landform / Lagoon

Area / Marine area / Reef / Coral reef

Enumeration / Nobody

Latin keywords

Eukaryota / Opisthokonta / Metazoa / Radiata / Cnidaria / Anthozoa / Ceriantipatharia / Cerianthidae

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