Adhesive Anemone

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Cryptodendrum adhaesivum - Klunzinger, 1877
Adhesive Anemone

The surface of this beautiful species can sting humans. Paul Humann


This beautiful anemone is seldom seen in stores and is hard to keep. Possesses two types of tentacles, often of different colors. One type covers most of the disc and is short, but branched several times. The second type, colored pink, gray, green, brown, yellow or blue, lines the edge of the disc and is tightly packed.

Family: Thalassianthidae

Other common name(s):

  • Pizza Anemone

Native range:

Maximum length: 30 cm (12 in)

Minimum aquarium size: 380 L (100 gal)

Lighting: Does best when kept under bright lighting.

Placement: In full bright light.

Water: Marine 24 °C (75 °F) - 28 °C (82 °F)


Needs to be fed frequently with meaty foods. Diced large or whole small fishes will be good food choices.

Aquarium Compatibility

Compatible with most animals.

Special Care

Warning: surface is exceptionally sticky and will sting humans.

Needs to be anchored in rocks with the disc extending out over the rocks. Let it choose its own anchorage and arrange other livestock well away from it. Likes moderate, but not vigorous, steady current flow over its surface. Good protein skimming is a must.


Ecologically important; do not buy wild-caught specimens.

In nature, Amphiprion clarkii is the only clownfish that will use this host.

Reference: A PocketExpert Guide to Marine Invertebrates
Image credit: PH
Text credit: RLS