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Watch 'Pom-Pom' Crabs Fight with Anemone-Tipped Claws
Crabs can stimulate sea anemones to reproduce asexually—the first known example of such behavior, a new study says.
About Sea Anemone

The ornately coloured sea anemone (uh-NEM-uh-nee) is named after the equally flashy terrestrial anemone flower. A close relative of coral and jellyfish, anemones are stinging polyps that spend most of their time attached to rocks on the sea bottom or on coral reefs waiting for fish to pass close enough to get ensnared in their venom-filled tentacles.

Fast Facts 

Type: Invertebrate

Diet: Carnivore

Size: Diameter, 0.5 in to 6 ft (1.25 cm to 1.8 m)

Did you know? Some species of sea anemone can live 50 years or more


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