Edwardsia delapiaeis commonly referred to as Burrowing Sea Anemone. Difficulty in the aquarium: There are no reports available yet that this animal has already been kept in captivity successfully. Toxicity: Toxic hazard unknown.
The body column of this burrowing sea anemone is elongate and wormlike, measuring up to 8cm when fully extended.
The scapus has a soft, adherent cuticle and a naked, rounded base.
Its tentacles are very long when fully extended, 16 in number, arranged in two distinct cycles of 8. The span of the tentacles extends up to 4cm.
The oral disc is white and maroon patterned, the tentacles are transparent, unspotted, with a white ring at the base and sometimes a small white coloration near the tip.
Edwardsia delapiae burrows in mud or sandy mud of large, shallow inlets and bays.
When spread out, only the disc and tentacles protrude from the substrate.
Edwardsia delapiae is so far known only from the vicinity of Valentia Island, SW Ireland.
Edwardsia claparedii, it is variable in color and may have only white markings on the disk, but has spots and markings on the tentacles as well as on the disk.