Epizoanthus rinbouis commonly referred to as Zoanthid. Difficulty in the aquarium: There are no reports available yet that this animal has already been kept in captivity successfully. Toxicity: Has a poison harmful to health.
This is a general hint!
Epizoanthus rinbou has a harmful toxin.
As a rule, animals with a harmful poison do not pose any danger in normal Aquarieaner everyday life. Read the following husbandry information and comments from aquarists who already keep Epizoanthus rinbou in their aquarium to get a better picture about the possible danger. However, please be careful when using Epizoanthus rinbou. Every human reacts differently to poisons.
If you suspect that you have come into contact with the poison, please contact your doctor or the poison emergency call.
The phone number of the poison emergency call can be found here:
Overview Worldwide: eapcct.org
We sincerely thank the first author, Hiroki Kise, Japan, for sending us a photo of this new deep-sea crustose anemone.
The deep-sea zoanthid Epizoanthus rinbou was landed in 2019, attached to a star turban snail (Guildfordia triumphans), from the training vessel Nagasaki-maru in the waters around the Goto and Danjo Islands near in Nagasaki, Japan using a trawl net.
The colony consists of 50 polyps connected by a thin whitish coenenchyma on the shell of the gastropod Guildfordia triumphans (Philippi, 1841).
Twenty-six polyps are attached to the dorsal side of the gastropod shell, 24 polyps to the ventral side of the shell.
No polyps were attached to the opening of the shell of G. triumphans.
Numerous and variably sized strongly encrusted sand particles were attached to the ectoderm, mesoglea of the polyps and coenchyma.
The polyps had a truncated and conical shape, the height of the living polyps ranged from 0.7 to 3.5 mm in height and 3.2 to 8.2 mm in diameter.
The living polyps were beige in colour, the tips of the tentacles were creamy white in colour.
A New Epizoanthus Species (Cnidaria: Anthozoa: Epizoanthidae) Associated with the Gastropod Mollusk Guildfordia triumphans from Southern Japan
Hiroki Kise1* and James Davis Reimer
Zoological Science 36: 259–265 (2019)