2012
DOI: 10.1590/s1676-06032012000200022
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First record of the fireworm Hermodice carunculata (Annelida, Polychaeta) preying on colonies of the fire coral Millepora alcicornis (Cnidaria, Hydrozoa)

Abstract: First record of the fireworm Hermodice carunculata (Annelida, Polychaeta) preying on colonies of the fire coral Millepora alcicornis (Cnidaria, Hydrozoa). Biota Neotrop. 12(2): http:// www.biotaneotropica.org.br/v12n2/en/abstract?short-communication+bn01712022012Abstract: The polychaete Hermodice carunculata is a voracious predator of several benthic organisms and one of the preferential groups in its diet is that of the cnidarians. This note presents the first record of a fireworm preying on the calcified hyd… Show more

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“…Fireworm predation was concentrated on the tips of the branches of black-coral colonies and also focused on an epibiont zoantharian commonly found over black-corals (Figure 4). The same feeding behavior on terminal branches was described for colonies of fire-corals Millepora alcicornis by Pérez and Gomes (2012).…”
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“…Fireworm predation was concentrated on the tips of the branches of black-coral colonies and also focused on an epibiont zoantharian commonly found over black-corals (Figure 4). The same feeding behavior on terminal branches was described for colonies of fire-corals Millepora alcicornis by Pérez and Gomes (2012).…”
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“…Rosa et al Vreeland and Lasker, 1989;Pérez and Gomes, 2012). Hermodice carunculata also sporadically feeds on live non-cnidarian organisms, such as algae, sponges, sea cucumbers and starfish, also consuming fish feces and acting as a scavenger (Riera et al 2014;Wolf et al, 2014;Barroso et al, 2016Barroso et al, , 2017.…”
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“…Originally described as Aphrodita carunculata based on the shape and development of the olfactory organ caruncle, it was later moved to the genus Hermodice by Kinberg in 1857 (Yáñez-Rivera & Salazar-Vallejo, 2011). Hermodice carunculata displays a high degree of dietary plasticity from detritus to live or injured/dead metazoans such as sponges, zoanthids, scleractinian corals, sea anemones, gorgonians, milleporid hydrocorals, sea urchins, starfish, sea cucumbers and fish (Witman, 1988; Sharp et al ., 2005; Pardo & Amaral, 2006; Pérez & Gomes, 2012; Barroso et al ., 2016, 2017; Schulze et al ., 2017).…”
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