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Red Beaded Anemone

Phymanthus crucifer

This anemone is most commonly known as the Flower Anemone. It has a large oral disc with “beaded” tentacles around the edge. It can grow up to 4 inches in diameter.

Range & Habitat

It inhabits the sandy bottoms or shaded vertical walls in the Caribbean Sea and the West Indies.

Conservation Status: Not Evaluated



In the wild – Shrimp, mussels, fish, squid

Life Span

In the wild: Unknown, over 100 years

In human care: Unknown, up to 80 years

Fun Facts about the Red Beaded Anemone

  • Other names this anemone is known by are Rock Anemone, Speckled Anemone, Banded Anemone, and Beaded Anemone.
  • Anemones in general can multiply by sexual and asexual means. P. crucifer is a dioecious species, having distinctly male and female individuals.
  • They use their venomous cells (nematocysts) found in their tentacles to sting and deflect any possible threats or attacks.
  • All anemones are semi-aggressive because they can be mobile.


Handwiki. (2021). Biology:Phymanthus crucifer. Retrieved January 2022.

Animal-World. (1998-2020). Red Beaded Anemone, Rock Flower Anemone, Beaded Anemone, Flower Anemone. Retrieved January 2022.

Updated June 13, 2023
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