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Cribrinopsis olegi Sanamyan et Sanamyan, 2006

(photos of Dr. Nadya Sanamyan, Russia: specimens from Kamchatka, NW Pacific)
Cribrinopsis olegi

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Cribrinopsis olegi


Below is a photo of Dr. Jonh Butler taken at 100 m, at opposite side of Pacific, off California coast, 32.611N, 119.323W. We had no chance to examine this particular specimen, but it undoubtedly belongs to this species - the colour model and the shape of the tentacles are identical and unique for Cribrinopsis olegi


Photo of Dr. Anna Zhadan, White Sea, 20m. We had chance to examine a specimen collected in the White Sea, its morphology is undistinguishable from specimens from Pacific

This beautiful and distinctive species has been described only in 2006. It is rather common in NW Pacific, but its distribution appears to be wider. In particular, recently it has been found in the White Sea (N Europe) and also we have photo certainly showing this species taken at 100m off California (scroll down this page to see).

The shape of the tentacles is the most conspicuous distinguishing character for Cribrinopsis olegi: they are short and thick, usually with a large, almost spherical expansion on the end. The ground colour of the tentacles is white or yellowish with numerous short longitudinal red stripes on the expanded distal half. The border between the expanded distal and cylindrical proximal half of each tentacle is marked by a wide white transverse band. In white specimens the tentacles and oral disk are pure white, without the colour stripes.

Cribrinopsis olegi reaches 10 cm in diameter and height. In most specimens the column is rose-coloured or red, with white spots of the verrucae. Some specimens are entirely white. The adhesive verrucae are arranged in longitudinal rows and carry particles of gravel and broken shell. Toward the base they gradually become smaller, less adhesive and disappear completely in the proximal half of the column. The oral disk is always paler than the column, pale rose or yellowish, greyish, whitish, sometimes with irregular light dirty-green patches.

The species always is buried in sand, gravel or broken shell with the pedal disk always attached to buried stones so only the oral disk with the tentacles is visible on the surface. Contracted specimens are buried completely in sand. Symbiotic shrimps Lebbeus grandimanus are often associated with this species.

Cribrinopsis albopunctata is a related species from North Pacific.


Recent revision of Pacific species of Cribrinopsis:
SANAMYAN N.P., SANAMYAN K.E., 2006. The genera Urticina and Cribrinopsis (Anthozoa: Actiniaria) from the North-Western Pacific. Journal of Natural History, 40(7-8): 359-393.

Phylum Cnidaria
Class Anthozoa
Order Actiniaria

Family Actiniidae

Species list of sea anemones:
  • Acricoactis brachyacontis
  • Actinernus robustus
  • Actinia equina
  • Actinodendron sp
  • Actinostella bradleyi
  • Actinostephanus haeckeli
  • Actinostola chilensis
  • Actinothoe sphyrodeta
  • Adamsia palliata
  • Aiptasia couchii
  • Aiptasia mutabilis
  • Alicia mirabilis
  • Alicia sansibarensis
  • Allantactis parasitica
  • Amplexidiscus fenestrafer
  • Andresia parthenopea
  • Anemonia alicemartinae
  • Anemonia viridis
  • Antholoba achates
  • Anthopleura elegantissima
  • Anthopleura hermaphroditica
  • Anthopleura orientalis
  • Anthopleura sola
  • Anthopleura xanthogrammica
  • Anthothoe chilensis
  • Armactinia antarctica
  • Artemidactis victrix
  • Aulactinia vancouverensis
  • Aulactinia vladimiri
  • Bathyphellia margaritacea
  • Boloceroides mcmurrichi
  • Boloceropsis platei
  • Bunodactis verrucosa
  • Calliactis polypus
  • Cancrisocia expansa
  • Cereus herpetodes
  • Cereus pedunculatus
  • Cerianthus lloydii
  • Charisea saxicola
  • Cnidopus japonicus
  • Condylactis aurantiaca
  • Condylactis gigantea
  • Corallimorphus karinae
  • Corallimorphus pilatus
  • Corynactis californica
  • Corynactis carnea
  • Corynactis viridis
  • Cribrinopsis albopunctata
  • Cribrinopsis crassa
  • Cribrinopsis fernaldi
  • Cribrinopsis olegi
  • Cribrinopsis rubens
  • Cribrinopsis similis
  • Cryptodendrum adhaesivum
  • Cylista elegans
  • Dactylanthus antarcticus
  • Diadumene lineata
  • Discosoma nummiforme
  • Dofleinia armata
  • Edwardsia inachi
  • Edwardsiella loveni
  • Entacmaea quadricolor
  • Epiactis prolifera
  • Epizoanthus couchii
  • Epizoanthus fiordicus
  • Exaiptasia diaphana
  • Glyphoperidium bursa
  • Gonactinia prolifera
  • Gyractis octoradiata
  • Halcampa arctica
  • Halcampoides sp
  • Halcampoides mediterranea
  • Halcurias pilatus
  • Heteractis aurora
  • Heterodactyla hemprichii
  • Hormathia lacunifera
  • Hormathia nodosa
  • Hormathia pacifica
  • Hormathia pectinata
  • Hormosoma scotti
  • Isaurus tuberculatus
  • Isoparactis fabiani
  • Isoparactis fionae
  • Isosicyonis alba
  • Korsaranthus natalensis
  • Liponema brevicorne
  • Macrodactyla doreensis
  • Megacorynactis giganteus
  • Megalactis griffithsi
  • Mesozoanthus fossii
  • Metridium farcimen
  • Metridium lobatum
  • Metridium senile
  • Metridium senile fimbriatum
  • Nemanthus sp
  • Octineon suecicum
  • Ophiodiscus bukini
  • Ophiodiscus moskalevi
  • Oulactis concinnata
  • Pachycerianthus multiplicatus
  • Pachycerianthus solitarius
  • Paracalliactis involvens
  • Paracondylactis sinensis
  • Paraedwardsia malakhovi
  • Paraisanthus tamarae
  • Paranthus niveus
  • Parazoanthus anguicomus
  • Parazoanthus axinellae
  • Parazoanthus elongatus
  • Peachia cylindrica
  • Phellia exlex
  • Phelliactis callicyclus
  • Phyllodiscus semoni
  • Phymactis papillosa
  • Phymanthea pluvia
  • Phymanthus crucifer
  • Phymanthus species
  • Platyzoanthus mussoides
  • Protanthea simplex
  • Protopalythoa mutuki
  • Pseudocorynactis caribbeorum
  • Ptychodactis aleutiensis
  • Ptychodactis patula
  • Radianthus crispa
  • Radianthus magnifica
  • Radianthus malu
  • Rhodactis inchoata
  • Rhodactis indosinensis
  • Ricordea yuma
  • Sagartia lacerata
  • Sagartia undata
  • Sagartiogeton californicus
  • Sagartiogeton rufus
  • Sicyonis denisovi
  • Sicyonis heliodiscus
  • Sicyonis kuznetsovi
  • Spongiactis japonica
  • Stichodactyla gigantea
  • Stichodactyla haddoni
  • Stichodactyla tapetum
  • Stomphia coccinea
  • Tealidium konoplinorum
  • Telmatactis sp
  • Triactis producta
  • Urticina clandestina
  • Urticina columbiana
  • Urticina crassicornis
  • Urticina eques
  • Urticina fecunda
  • Urticina felina
  • Urticina grebelnyi
  • Urticina kurila
  • Urticina mcpeaki
  • Urticina timuri
  • Verrillactis paguri
  • Zaolutus actius

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