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starlet sea anemone (Nematostella vectensis)
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Cnidaria
Class: Anthozoa
Order: Actiniaria
Family: Edwardsiidae
Genus: Nematostella
Stephenson, 1935


Nematostella is a genus of sea anemones in the family Edwardsiidae. There are three species. The best known is the starlet sea anemone (N. vectensis), which has been extensively studied as a model organism in fields such as genetics, evolution, and ecology.[1] The defining morphological apomorphy of Nematostella is the presence of nematosomes.



  1. ^ Lubinski, T., et al. StellaBase: Nematostella vectensis Genomics & Transcriptomics Database. v2.0, 2014 onwards.
  2. ^ Nematostella Stephenson, 1935. In: Fautin, D. G. 2011. Hexacorallians of the World. Accessed through: World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS). 2014.