E-Fauna BC: Electronic Atlas of the Wildlife of British Columbia

Anthopleura sola Pearse & Francis, 2000
Solitary Anemone; Starburst Anemone
Family: Actiniidae
Photo of species

© Brian Klinkenberg  Email the photographer   (Photo ID #8807)

E-Fauna BC Static Map
Distribution of Anthopleura sola in British Columbia
Details about map content are available here.


The Starburst Anemone is found on rocky shores along the Pacific Coast (Eastern North Pacific). It was previously considered a solitary form of the clonal Anthopleura elegantissima but was recognized as a different species by Pearse and Francis (2000). Pearse and Francis note that "This species does not divide and instead grows into larger, isolated individuals that have more often been confused with specimens of the Giant Green Anemone, A. xanthogrammica."

Status Information

Origin StatusProvincial StatusBC List
(Red Blue List)
BC Ministry of Environment: BC Species and Ecosystems Explorer--the authoritative source for conservation information in British Columbia.

Synonyms and Alternate Names

Anthopleura elegantissima
Bunodactis elegantissima
Cribrina elegantissima

Additional Range and Status Information Links

Additional Photo Sources

General References

Recommended citation: Author, Date. Page title. In Klinkenberg, Brian. (Editor) 2021. E-Fauna BC: Electronic Atlas of the Fauna of British Columbia [efauna.bc.ca]. Lab for Advanced Spatial Analysis, Department of Geography, University of British Columbia, Vancouver. [Accessed: 2024-05-24 5:46:25 AM]
Disclaimer: The information contained in an E-Fauna BC atlas pages is derived from expert sources as cited (with permission) in each section. This information is scientifically based.  E-Fauna BC also acts as a portal to other sites via deep links.  As always, users should refer to the original sources for complete information.  E-Fauna BC is not responsible for the accuracy or completeness of the original information.

© E-Fauna BC 2021: An initiative of the Spatial Data Lab, Department of Geography, UBC