The Bongo shrimp, Phyllognathia ceratophthalma, is a rare relative of the Harlequin shrimp that has just started being imported this year. These tiny crustaceans might reach up to 1″ long and they are devout predators of Asterina starfish and micro brittle starfish. The bongo shrimp is a somewhat cryptic species which is probably best suited for very small nano reef aquariums with very small fish or on their own. Our friend Scott Michael made a blog post about them a few months ago and Kevin Kohen of live aquaria produced this video showing and proving their food preference. The pair above is available now for $129 on LiveAquaria.
Jake Adams has been an avid marine aquarist since the mid 90s and has worked in the retail side of the marine aquarium trade for more than ten years. He has a bachelor’s degree in Marine Science and has been the managing editor of ReefBuilders.com since 2008. Jake is interested in every facet of the marine aquarium hobby from the concepts to the technology, rare fish to exotic corals, and his interests are well documented through a very prolific career of speaking to reef clubs and marine aquarium events, and writing articles for aquarium publications across the globe. His primary interest is in corals which Jake pursues in the aquarium hobby as well as diving the coral reefs of the world.