Re: Dive Report: Savino's Barge ( fish-eating urticina)

Outer Bamnks diving on the Great Escape Southern California Live-Aboard Dive Boat

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Posted by LeslieH on September 30, 2005 at 13:12:00:

In Reply to: Dive Report: Savino's Barge ( fish-eating urticina) posted by Chris on September 20, 2005 at 00:15:07:

Hi Chris -- Great photos, good enough that I sent the link to a friend of mine who specializes in anemones, John Ljubenkov. While he really liked the series he had reservations about the name. The color & texture of the body are species characters in Urticina. U. piscivora has a smooth solid red or reddish-brown body while your animal's body is red with yellowish tubercles. John would just leave it as Urticina sp. I guess any anemone that's big enough & has toxic enough nematocysts can eat a fish!

Leslie Harris
Worm Wrangler
Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County

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