Research by marine biologists from Wageningen University has shown that feeding on zooplankton by scleractinian corals has been greatly underestimated.
|Crinoid squat lobster|
|Written by Tim Wijgerde|
Allogalathea elegans (Adam & White, 1848)
Species: elegans (tentative identification)
A commensal crinoid squat lobster (Allogalathea sp.) living on a crinoid (Himerometra sp.). The lobster removes food particles from the arms of its host and the surrounding water. The Himerometra specimen has lost several arms during and after transport, but rapidly regenerates these provided that sufficient food particles are available in the aquarium water. Crinoids are not suitable for most aquaria, and it is strongly recommended not to purchase these delicate, demanding animals.
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Rutman, J. and L. Fishelson, 1969. Food composition and feeding behaviour of shallow-water crinoids at Eilat (Red Sea). Marine Biology 3:46-57.
Wijgerde, T., personal observations.