Swimming Sea Anemones of Puget Sound: Swimming of Actinostola New Species in Response to Stomphia coccinea

Science  17 Mar 1967:
Vol. 155, Issue 3768, pp. 1419-1421
DOI: 10.1126/science.155.3768.1419


Swimming as a response of the sea anemone Actinostola new species can be elicited as a result of contact with the submarginal surface of another swimming sea anemone Stomphia coccinea. However, Stomphia does not swim as a result of contact with Actinostola. In all other known respects, swimming is caused in both species by the same stimuli, including certain starfishes, a nudibranch, and electrical stimuli. No agent that causes Actinostola to swim has been detected in extracts, rubbings, or dried matter from Stomphia.