Jewel Anemone

Corynactis viridis
Conservation status :

Not evaluated

  • Group
  • Size
    15 millimetres
  • Distribution area

    The jewel anemone lives in the Northeast Atlantic, from Scotland to the Canary Islands. It can also be found sporadically in the Mediterranean.

this character

This little anemone grows on hard substrates (rocks and wrecks).

It is particular to rough waters with little light. As a result, it can be spotted close to the surface, under rocky overhangs and at the entrance to caves.


Corynactis often sport bright colours: greens, purples, oranges, pinks and so on. Their 100 or so tentacles are arranged in three rings around the mouth, with the longest on the outer rim. They have a slight swelling in a colour that contrasts with the rest of the body.


In addition to its ability to reproduce sexually between a male and a female, the corynactis can also reproduce asexually, by budding. In other words, a single individual can give birth to an entire 'colony' of genetically identical animals.


These colonies can sometimes cover up to several square metres. As a result, corynactis often make up large swathes of juxtaposed colours.

« When illuminated by ultraviolet light,
this anemone becomes highly fluorescent. »

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