The Venus Flytrap Anemone is a relatively large species of anemone and overall remains rather rare. Even though rare, where they do exist, they appear to thrive locally.
Their name derives from their resemblance to the Venus Flytrap. This resemblance is not only in appearance but in the way of feeding as well.
The anemone represents an unusual ocean creature. The members of this species are detritivores and feed by collapsing their disk around particles of organic matter floating in the water. Their bodies are also full of a gel-like substance which makes them elastic and able to change shape slightly.
Venus Flytrap Anemone Physical Characteristics
The Venus Flytrap Anemone can vary greatly in its size. Large specimens sometimes attain a length and girth of as much as 12 in (30.5 cm). The size they attain depends largely on the availability of food.
Their mouth grows disproportionately large and wide and also surrounded by numerous tentacles. Their coloring varies significantly among individual specimens. Typical colors include pastels, white, orange, and pink.
The Venus Flytrap Anemone also differs from most anemones in one distinctive way. They tend to stand upright, without being anchored to the ocean floor. If under threat, they stay capable of withdrawing the bulk of their body into their disk.
Venus Flytrap Anemone Habitat
This is a benthic species. It most commonly inhabits depths ranging between 1,500-5,000 ft (457-1,524 m) with the majority of the population living at about 3,000 ft (914 m) under the sea surface. At this depth, the prevailing ocean currents are comparatively mild.
The Venus Flytrap Anemone usually lives on rocks, under debris, and even under large sessile invertebrates.