Hermodice carunculata

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Latin name Hermodice carunculata
Local name Coral-eating fireworm
Family Amphinomidae - Hermodice
Origin East Indian Ocean, West Indian Ocean, Australia, The Mexican Golf, Indonesia
Max length 30 cm (11,8")
As aquarium fish
Minimum volume Unknown
Hardiness Hardy
Suitable for aquarium Suitable for most aquarium
Reef safe Not reef safe
Aggressiveness Peaceful
Recommended Soft coral
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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

This worm preys on soft corals and anemones but it is rare in home aquariums.
There are no reports of reproduction in aquariums.

It can be distinguished from other fireworms by the red markings above each tuft of bristles and red/silver body color.

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)