Hidden in the skin of the tentacles are special stinging cells. These protect the polyp and can be used to catch small prey. Each stinging cell can be individually fired. It fires a small poisonous barb attached to a thread. The thread remains attached to the cell and it entangles the small prey. The prey is drawn into the stomach cavity where itís digested.
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The anemone is much larger than a coral polyp and does not make a limestone skeleton. Clown fish can live among the tentacles of large anemones. Their tentacles also have stinging cells. Clown fish donít trigger the stinging cells so they are well protected from other predators.
Diagram of a stinging cell