Strawberry Anemone

Actinia fragacea


Sea anemones live attached to the rocks, catching plankton and tiny animals from the water with their stinging tentacles. They can be found in rock pools around the low tide mark, sometimes in small groups. The Strawberry Anemone has a squat, jelly-like 'body' with thick short tentacles which are retracted when disturbed or when uncovered by the falling tide.

How to identify

Similar to Beadlet Anemone, but larger; the 'body' is always dark red with tiny pale spots, making it look like a strawberry.

Where to find it

Found in the English Channel and around South West England.


When to find it

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How can people help

Sea anemones may be a familiar sight when rock-pooling, but our seas and coastline are in need of protection if we are to keep our marine wildlife healthy. The Wildlife Trusts are working with fishermen, researchers, politicians and local people towards a vision of 'Living Seas', where marine wildlife thrives. This work has recently had a massive boost with the passing of the Marine Bill, promising sustainable development of the UK's marine environment. Do your bit for our Living Seas by supporting your local Wildlife Trust.

Species information

Common name
Strawberry Anemone
Latin name
Actinia fragacea
Anemones corals and jellyfish
Diameter: 10cm
Conservation status