Sea spider! Is this bad? Should I freak out?? LOL

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  1. newhobby

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    Would sea spider eat my corals?
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  2. tuberider

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    IIRC they enjoy snacking on zoas, you may want to dip a coral or two and see if anything comes off.
     
  3. Ibn

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    Ditto on Jeremy's comments. Check all your zoas.
     
  4. LeslieH

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    It depends on the species. Some will only eat one prey species while others are generalists. Reported prey items include various sponges, anemones, other cnidarians, molluscs, polychaetes, echinoderms, tunicates, & more, but actually the preferred food for most species is unknown.

    The best known zoanthid-predators are much different looking. They tend to be fairly short, squat, and thick bodied. Usually they're small in comparison to the zoanthids so they like to settle down & stay for a long lengthy meal. Claws tend to be strong & curved, all the better to hang onto the zoanthids. The images on this page show typical zoanthid-feeders --
    http://www.coralrx.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=13&Itemid=21
     
  5. GreshamH

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    Thanks Leslie :)
     
  6. Sfork

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    toss it! it'll eat something or die anyways without whatever it's supposed to eat.
     

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