Preferential Settling of the Sea Anemone Stomphia coccinea on the Mussel Modiolus modiolus

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Science  23 Apr 1965:
Vol. 148, Issue 3669, pp. 527-528
DOI: 10.1126/science.148.3669.527


In resettling after its "swimming" response, Stomphia shows a special behavior pattern when in contact with bivalve shells. Movements of the tentacles, oral disc and column, and huge swellings of the pedal disc are the chief features in a coordinated purposive sequence, which settles the anemone on the shell in a few minutes.