• Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Cnidaria
  • Class: Anthozoa
  • Subclass: Hexacorallia
  • Order: Actiniaria
  • Suborder: Nyantheae
  • Family: Actinostolidae
  • Scientific name: Stomphia coccinea
  • Norwegian: -


This is a small anemone, not exceeding a height of 5 cm, shallow water individuals rarely exceed 3 cm. It appears to have many common features with the larger Urticina eques, but can be distinguished by the following characteristics:

  • The inner circle of only six tentacles are directed inwards, towards the mouth opening.
  • White spots on the disk near the base of each tentacle or on the lower part of the tentacles.
  • The column is significantly shorter, relative to the diameter.

Like the U. eques, the column is smooth, without warts. It sometimes partially contract, and thereby give the column wall a folded appearance. The column is red, orange, white, yellowish or brown, usually blotched irregularly with red. The disk is often translucent, grey, orange or yellow.


It typically appears deeper than 10 meters, always on hard bottom, never buried in sand.


This is a widespread, circumpolar species, fount both in the Northern Atlantic and Pacific oceans. Exists along the entire Norwegian coast.