Actinauge richardi

Range & Status

A very rare species usually found on muddy or sandy bottoms normally offshore in depths of greater than 50m.This interesting anemone usually lives freely on the sea bed with a ball of mud in its invaginated base acting as a sea anchor but is also capable of normal attachment, occasionally being found on stones or shells. Recently (2009) found attached to a prawn pot in approximately 35m depth of water in the Fal Estuary. A deep water, north-eastern Atlantic species, occurring from Norway to the Bay of Biscay and possibly even further south. Occasional specimens in the North Sea and from the west coast of Scotland. It is supposedly relatively common off the western and southern coasts of Ireland.