Link to Abridged Report
Thought you might like to include our findings of Amphianthus
dohrnii on the website.
I've just come back from diving around the Firth of Lorn area
(Garvellachs,Scarba, Jura etc) where we've been finding lots of the seafan Swiftia
pallida (pic) on slightly silty,
moderately tide-swept but wave-sheltered circalittoral bedrock. In the last few
years we've found the odd one or two Amphianthus on the Swiftia in this area
(its 'usually' found on Eunicella -
but even then its pretty rare - only 5 records on the MNCR
database). However on one dive on the east side of Eilean Ddubh Mor (just NW of Lunga,
Firth of Lorn) we were finding one and up to six or seven Amphianthus on almost
every Swiftia in sight. Probably up to 50-60 individuals in a 15 minute
count. Other species present were fairly typical of the habitat with Football Seasquirt, Diazona
violacea, Northern Featherstar Leptometra
celtica and moderate densities of hydroids and
bryozoans. We've also found the very rare anemone Arachnanthus sarsi just off
this island as well as the more common fireworks anemone Pachycerianthus multiplicatus.
Sounds like a very rich area - and we'll be back for more!
Attached pictures of the Amphianthus, Swiftia and one or
All the best
Anemone Homepage (BMLSS)
Holt's Mantis Shrimp report
(essential extra information and photograph of Amphianthus dohrnii on Eunicella
verrucosa is contained on this database).
No other anemone lives habitually on sea-fans or hydroids in British waters.
This sea anemone emits acontia when disturbed.
Information wanted: Please send any records of this sea anemone, with location,
date, who discovered it, how it was identified, prevalence, common name and any other
Shorewatch Project EMail
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