Hell’s fire anemone (Tree anemone)
The commonly known as Hell’s fire anemone is an Indo-Pacific sea anemone belonging to the genus Actinodendron (Actiniaria - Actinodendronidae).
The oral disc of these sea anemones is drawn out into a variable number of branched protrusions that make them resemble a tree. These animals are found in shallow water in sheltered places with sandy or muddy bottoms. With few exceptions, the column of these sea anemones is buried into the substratum. Only the oral disc and a crown of highly branched tentacles are visible.
Although these anemones are pretty like a flower, they sting like hell.
Photo credit: ©Eunice Khoo
Locality: Dumaguete, Philippines