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This burrowing sea anemone has an elongated and worm-like column which is divided into a scapus and scapulus. The scapus has a soft, adherent cuticle, and a naked rounded base. The tentacles are very long when fully expanded, 16 in number, arranged in two distinct cycles (each having 8 tentacles). Length of the column is up to 100mm when fully extended, span of tentacles to 50mm. The disc is speckled buff with tiny orange spots, tentacles transparent with white spots and smaller dots of brown. A similar species Edwardsia delapiae, is known only from southwest Ireland. Compare with other Edwardsia spp. Differs from Scolanthus callimorphus by having a naked basal end and different coloration.


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Source: Encyclopedia of Marine Life of Britain and Ireland

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