Cannon Beach, Oregon

Haystack Rock tidepools - July 2004


 

Aggregating Anemone

The aggregating anemone is a type of colonial anemone, living together in close proximity. The colony is actually a congregation of genetically identical individuals, the result of reproduction by division. (The anemone is also capable of producing male-female reproductive cells.) The cloned anemone apparently accept each others physical closeness, but may sting other anemone that move too closely to the colony.

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Photo by Michael R. Clapp

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