List of marine aquarium invertebrate species

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This is a list of various species of marine invertebrates, animals without a backbone, that are commonly found in aquariums kept by hobby aquarists. Some species are intentionally collected for their desirable aesthetic characteristics. Others are kept to serve a functional role such as consuming algae in the aquarium. Some species are present only incidentally or are pest species.


Sponges[edit]

Sea anemones[edit]

Corals[edit]

Acanthastrea[edit]

Acropora[edit]

Montipora[edit]

The Montipora genus is a popular small polyp stony coral in marine aquariums. Most species are available in multiple colourations. The shape and colour into which a colony grows will depend upon lighting, water flow and other tank conditions. The most common varieties are:

Zoanthids[edit]

Arthropods[edit]

Cheliceratas[edit]

Crustaceans[edit]

Annelids[edit]

Mollusca[edit]

Bivalves[edit]

Gastropods[edit]

Cephalopods[edit]

Echinoderms[edit]

Sea cucumbers[edit]

Starfish[edit]

Crinoids[edit]

Urchins[edit]

Urochordata[edit]

See also[edit]

Sources[edit]

  1. ^ Dana Riddle. "Montipora digitata: A Stony Coral for All Hobbyists". Advanced Aquarist VII (January 2008). 
  2. ^ Dana Riddle. "Super Corals - Montipora undata". Advanced Aquarist VII (March2008). 
  • Encyclopedia of Aquarium and Pond Fish (2005) (David Alderton) pages 286–297