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With its stinging club-shaped or "capitate" tentacles extended, a club...

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Caption: With its stinging club-shaped or "capitate" tentacles extended, a club anemone feeds while attached to the steel structure of an oil rig in the Santa Barbara Channel, near Santa Barbara, California. This lateral view shows the anemone within a colony of the same species; the individual to the left appears with its tentacles retracted.
Scientific name: Corynactis californica
Location: Santa Barbara Channel, near Santa Barbara, California
Copyright: © Chuck Davis / Tidal Flats, Ltd.
Photographer Code: CAT0277009
AGPix ID: AGPix_ChDaTiFl26_0107
Photo Alignment: 35mm (horizontal)
Comments: Club anemones get their common name from their club-shaped or "capitate" tentacles; the anemone's tentacles are equipped with powerful stinging cells called "nematocysts" which can dispatch a lethal sting to their small prey, although the sting of a club anemone would be harmless to humans. Club anemones form colonies via binary fission, but they can also reproduce by dispersing sexual gametes into the ocean. This species may occur in a variety of vibrant colors -- red, pink, lavender, orange and brown are common colors.

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