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Old 10/06/2017, 06:24 PM   #1
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sea star id

Richard, in my last shipment you included a sea star that I,m trying to id. it looks like a brittle star with for want of a better word, thorns all along the sides of the arms.it wraps around an object like a gorgonian and hangs on, never moving over days, idea's?


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Old 10/07/2017, 08:39 AM   #2
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Richard, in my last shipment you included a sea star that I,m trying to id. it looks like a brittle star with for want of a better word, thorns all along the sides of the arms.it wraps around an object like a gorgonian and hangs on, never moving over days, idea's?
Basket star...like this one..... http://www.reefcentral.com/forums/sh...&highlight=tbs

cool critters...


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Old 10/07/2017, 02:52 PM   #3
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not even close. I,ve had basket stars before. this is the size of the serpents, maybe 5" across. I may have to get a photo


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Old 10/07/2017, 03:00 PM   #4
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searching online, some kind of spiny brittle star


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Old 10/07/2017, 03:04 PM   #5
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searching online, some kind of spiny brittle star
picture would help....but sounds like a brittle star maybe...but usually they do not hang on gorgs....


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Old 10/07/2017, 05:55 PM   #6
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sea star

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Old 10/07/2017, 07:46 PM   #7
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Interesting...have you added anything else to your tank besides The Package?


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Old 10/07/2017, 09:23 PM   #8
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Ophiothrix spiculata ?? problem is this is a california species...

other possibility is a feather star


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Old 10/08/2017, 05:05 AM   #9
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no Richard. it was in the bag with the other stars


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no Richard. it was in the bag with the other stars
Dan will know.....


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Old 10/08/2017, 08:02 AM   #11
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yes, it came from him. great shipment btw.


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Old 10/12/2017, 10:45 AM   #12
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We call them goldline brittle stars and they come from Tarpon Springs area . They hang on gorgs versus hiding under rocks in 30 foot of water or deeper most of the time .


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Old 10/12/2017, 05:58 PM   #13
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thanks, don't know if I like it hanging on my coral, but it doesn't seam to be hurting it.


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I think they have a symbiotic relationship in nature . In tanks the same . After a while it might cruise around at night then come home to its main place to hang . Lots of gorgonians displace their exterior to slough off algae thats starts to grow on them .


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Old 10/13/2017, 06:09 PM   #15
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I will watch and enjoy, for now


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