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Diadumene leucolena
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Diadumene leucolena
Taxonomic Group: Cnidarians-Anthozoans
Common name: GHOST ANEMONE


Diadumene leucolena is commonly known as the Ghost Anemone because of its translucent white color. It is native to the East Coast of North America spanning from Georgia, USA to New Brunswick, Canada. It has been introduced to Puerto Rico, the Canary Islands, Morocco, Cameroon, the Pacific coast of Panama, the West Coast of North America, and Hawaii. It is known from estuaries and sheltered waters, where it grows on oysters, rocks, seaweeds, pilings, and floats. It can also occur in sheltered tide pools, and is especially tolerant of variable salinities. There are no reported impacts of this species in its introduced range.

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Fofonoff PW, Ruiz GM, Steves B, Simkanin C, & Carlton JT. .
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