What anemone is this?

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  1. Ant

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    Hi I have these exact same "anemones" on my anemone hermit crab. is this anemones or are they Aiptasia?

    Thanks
     
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    nope, not usually aiptasia, a better pic would help but as i said ive never heard of a hermit using aiptasias';)
     
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    Not sure what anemone this is. When I have more time I'll look through my resources and see if I can come up with an ID. It does not appear to be an aiptasia anemone.
     
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    Almost looks like one of those rock pool nennies...
     
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    WOW what a relief. I was worrying that it could be aiptasias. Feeling better now about it.

    here is another shot of the anemone on my hermit's shell 33414c1d45f9ab04c.jpg
     
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    Those are commonly known as Hermit Crab Anemone's - Calliactis spp.

    Unlike normal anemone's these don't need light, the crab get's protection by having the anemone's on it's shell and the anemone's benefit by getting food from the crabs sloppy eating habits. - taken from Marine Invertebrates by Dr. Ron Shimek

    It is a symbiotic or mutual relationship between the hermit crab and the anemone. :)
     
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    wonderful natural behavior:thumbup:
     
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    Gee that's so cool. I have never seen that before.
     
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    flip thats cool. i want
     
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    Flippen awesome.
     
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    that is so cool
     
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    WOW that is great! When we first got it, we wondered what was going on, we put some new shells in the tank, so that the we could take away the anemones and put it on the live rock or something. That crab looked so lost without its anemones and the next morning the anemones was on the new shell of the crab. Pretty amazing. I also see that they multiply quite quickly. I have about 7 of these already!
     

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