Similar Species Parazoanthus spp

Natural Habitat: Epizoantbus spp. are found in close association with sponges, hydroids and pagurid crabs. Several species are found growing witliin the body wall of hexactinellid sponges, encrusting hydroids and covering the carapace of deep water pagurid crabs. The zoanthids cover the carapace of the crab, eventually dissolving it awray, completely enclosing the crab, a condition knowrn as carcinoecium (Hyman, 1940). Not all species are exclusively associated with a host sponge or other organism. Some simply encrust rocks.


Acrozoanthus sp. growing on a worm tube. J. Sprung

Aquarium Care: Given that the host organisms such as sponges and hydroids do not do particularly we I! in closed systems, aquarium care for this genus is poorly known. Feeding would be required given the lack of zooxanthellae.

Reproduction: Asexual reproduction is presumably accomplished by growth of the coenenchyma over the and through the host. To the best of our knowledge sexual reproduction has not been studied in this genus.

The COMPLETE guide to Aquariums

The COMPLETE guide to Aquariums

The word aquarium originates from the ancient Latin language, aqua meaning water and the suffix rium meaning place or building. Aquariums are beautiful and look good anywhere! Home aquariums are becoming more and more popular, it is a hobby that many people are flocking too and fish shops are on the rise. Fish are generally easy to keep although do they need quite a bit of attention. Puppies and kittens were the typical pet but now fish are becoming more and more frequent in house holds. In recent years fish shops have noticed a great increase in the rise of people wanting to purchase aquariums and fish, the boom has been great for local shops as the fish industry hasnt been such a great industry before now.

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