A close relative of the hard corals, and cousin to the anemones, the Florida Corallimorph (Ricordea florida) is a rather elusive creature, often being found in shallow rocky areas where it grows singly or in small groups. As with other species of Cnidarians, it has nematocyst cells in its tentacles with which it stuns prey that it then consumes through its centrally located mouth. This sting is not usually felt if stung by humans, but as with all coral reef creatures it is always better not to touch as, apart from the threat of stinging, unwanted fingers can cause damage to the oraganism that is being touched. The Florida Corallimorph can display a wonderful variety of colours, thanks to the zooxanthellae algae that lives symbiotically within its tissues. Corallimorphs feeds off waste products from the zooxanthellae, as well as small fish and plankton that they catch with their tentacles, and dissolved organic matter absorbed directly from the water.
This species is popular among aquarium enthusiasts due to its beauty and ease of care. For more images of this fascinating creature see here. At Reef Creature Clothing however, we do not condone collection of individuals for aquarium use from the wild, and think it is far better to appreciate them through diving! Captive breeding programs only please!
About Reef Creature Clothing
We specialise in coral reef inspired clothing. You can also find limited edition printed products featuring some of our most popular designs. We donate 5% of our profits to conservation projects that help protect reef creatures around the globe. Currently we are supporting the Anguilla National Trust, who do vital conservation work on the small island of Anguilla, British West Indies where the majority of our images were taken. To help you learn more about these fascinating reef creatures many of them will have featured posts over the coming months. Watch this space!