Epiactic prolifera

The name Epiactic prolifera describes its life cycle. Mostly the young start from sexual reproduction fertilization in the gastro vascular cavity (digestive cavity), then swim out as planula larvae. The parent has cilia along its body that move the larvae down to the base where they attach with specialized nematocysts until at least 3 months old. They all start of as female and eventually develop testes and become hermaphrodites. Once they become mature, they will leave the parent for a life on their own. This anemone feeds on shrimp, fish, and even jellyfish.