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White-plumed Anemone (Metridium farcimen)

Also known as the giant plumose anemone, the white-plumed anemone is a species of sea anemone found throughout the western seaboard of North America. Like most anemones, the giant plumose anemone is a carnivore and feeds on small invertebrates and zooplankton that swim into their stinging nematocysts.  White-plumed anemones have very long lifespans (with individuals living up to 100 years) and can grow fairly large and as such have few predators, although nudibranchs and large starfish have been observed feeding on them. 

Phylogeny

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Image Source(s)

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Metridium farcimen Anemones sometimes can reproduce by budding. New organism grows on another one and remains attached to parent as it grows. It gets separated from the parent organism when it is mature. The new organism is clone and is genetically identical to the parent organism.

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Artist: Giant Squid

Song: Summit

Album: Metridium Fields