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Pantopoda bzw. Pycnogonida SPS-eating sea spider

Pantopoda bzw. Pycnogonidais commonly referred to as SPS-eating sea spider.


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6548 
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Scientific:
Pantopoda bzw. Pycnogonida 
German:
SPS-fressende Asselspinne 
English:
SPS-eating Sea Spider 
Category:
Chelicerates 
Family tree:
(Kingdom) > (Phylum) > (Class) > (Order) > (Family) > Pantopoda (Genus) > bzw. Pycnogonida (Species) 
Sea depth:
Meter 
Size:
up to 0.79" (2 cm) 
Temperature:
75.2 °F - 80.6 °F (24°C - 27°C) 
Food:
Coral polyps = corallivorous, Parasitic 
CITES:
Not evaluated 
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Publisher:
Meerwasser-Lexikon.de
Created:
Last edit:
2019-11-12 17:43:19 

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These pycnogonids feed on the tissue of corals, similar to the related zoa-eating sea spiders. In this case it's however SPS they are after.

Oftentimes they are not really apparent during the day since they hide near or under the coral. One only notices the damage they cause on the corals.

They do not lay eggs but the males breed them and release fully developed small sea spiders. This is an advantage when fighting these animals: if you remove the adult siders you also remove the eggs.

There is no good in-tank treatment except manual removal - except one wants to try a wrasse or similar.

Prevention is quite easy: a preventative iodine dip makes sea spiders let go of corals and substrate.

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  1. Thread zu den Tieren (en). Abgerufen am 19.08.2020.

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