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Sagartia elegans
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Sagartia elegans
Taxonomic Group: Cnidarians-Anthozoans


The sea anemone Sagartia elegans is native to Europe, ranging from Trondheim, Norway and the Faroe Islands, through the British Isles, south to Spain and the Mediterranean Sea. The only reported introduction is a persistent population in Salem Harbor, Massachusetts. This anemone is known from rocky coasts and harbors, where it grows in rock pools, under stones, on seaweeds, breakwaters, pilings, and floats. It has also been collected from clay and gravel bottoms. It often occurs in cracks and crevices, where only its tentacles protrude. No ecological or economic impacts have been reported for S. elegans in its native or introduced range.

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Fofonoff PW, Ruiz GM, Steves B, Simkanin C, & Carlton JT (2018)
National Exotic Marine and Estuarine Species Information System.
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