Eurythoe spp.

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Latin name Eurythoe spp.
Local name Aquarium fireworm
Family Amphinomidae - Eurythoe
Origin East Indian Ocean, West Indian Ocean, Australia, The Red Sea, The Mexican Golf, Indonesia, East Pacific, Central/West Pacific
Max length 60 cm (23,6")
As aquarium fish
Minimum volume 10 l (3 gal)
Hardiness Hardy
Suitable for aquarium Suitable for most aquarium
Reef safe Always reef safe
Aggressiveness Peaceful
Recommended Detritus
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Beware of

This species is venomous, but it´s toxin is rarely dangerous to humans. It can however cause considerable pain.

In case of poisoning it is vital to have as much information as possible regarding the species/poison. Have telephone numbers for the poison hotline close to the aquarium.

Since different people can have different reactions to poisons, take precautions necessary to ensure personal safety and that of the surroundings.
This poison can be dangerous if suffering from allergies.

Descriptions and further reading
Family description (Amphinomidae)

Bristle worms are found in most aquariums.
The Eurythoe species are the most common species in home aquariums. These should be considered beneficial scavengers.

Be careful not to touch a bristle worm as the bristles can deliver a painful sting.
Always use gloves if you have bristle worms in your aquarium.

References and further reading

About references

Amphinomidae - Wikipedia - (English)
Ronald L. Shimek. 2004. Marine Invertebrates (PocketExpert Guide) - TFH Publications / Microcosm Ltd. - (English)