Medusa Worm - Emperor Shrimp Symbiosis   (Synapta maculata)
Phylum: Echinodermata, Class: Holothuroidea
Range: Indo-Pacific Region
Size: 60 in.    Space:: 100+ gal.     Diet: Detritus, dead organisms
Reef Safe: Yes   Care Level: Moderate   Temperament: Peaceful
Natural History: The Medusa Worm is a sea cucumber that lacks tube feet but instead has tiny appendages on its body that can stick to surfaces. This worm is nocturnal and seldom seen by day. Synapta maculata is often found in association with Emperor Shrimp ( Periclimenes imperator). The shrimp feed on detritus and debris dislodged from the foraging of their medusa worm host
Husbandry: The Medusa Worm should be housed in an aquarium with live rock and sand. It feeds on detritus it finds on the surface of the sand.

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