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    Heliofungia Commensal Shrimp

    Periclimenes kororensis is a rarely seen commensal shrimp that lives among the swaying tentacles of Heliofungia sp., commonly known as Plate Corals. Two of these shrimp recently made their way to LiveAquaria, where I had the opportunity to photograph them. Not much is known about their care, but it is expected that they have requirements […]

    Periclimenes kororensis

    Periclimenes kororensis is a rarely seen commensal shrimp that lives among the swaying tentacles of Heliofungia sp., commonly known as Plate Corals. Two of these shrimp recently made their way to LiveAquaria, where I had the opportunity to photograph them. Not much is known about their care, but it is expected that they have requirements similar to other Periclemenes species–reef aquarium water quality, host coral or anemone, and ample foods to scavenge.

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    The white head and clear / red body helps P. kororensis blend into its host coral, however with the whiter lights in aquaria the shrimp is easily identified.

    Both of the Periclimenes kororensis from LiveAquaria were placed in the same Long tentacle plate coral (Heliofungia actiniformis) and after some signs of aggression the smallest of the two quickly got the picture and darted out of the tentacles, taking refuge underneath the coral. Although this was not a successful pairing attempt,  P. kororensis can be found in pairs as well as with other Periclemenes species. For a closer look at this rarely seen commensal shrimp, checkout this great macro photo from Jenny Huang.

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