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Old 11/30/2007, 01:32 AM   #1
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An uninvited ID thread

Two days in the ID forum, which you all may or may not know is at the bottom of the LPS forum page, and no replies.

This was a hitchhiker. 3/8" polyp, 1/8-3/16" corallite. Not sure if this is full size, it's gotten much bigger and greedier through a couple weeks of feeding.


Another polyp retracted. Closest thing to a skeletal pic I have.


Anyone know what it might be? I love the little things.
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Sorry to post in this forum, but I have no ideas.


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Old 11/30/2007, 03:43 AM   #2
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Looks like majano pest anemones. The second one looks like it has made a home in a dead polyp skeleton. They will sting corals. They dont reproduce as fast as aptasia, but end up being a nuisance none the less.


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Old 11/30/2007, 03:45 AM   #3
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yes and that is am awsome find . It apears to be a Culicia tenella of the family Rhizangiidae. It is an australian coral. What region did your rock come from? Hey zep thats definetly not manjano or aptasia I think the common name is northern star coral


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Old 11/30/2007, 04:18 AM   #4
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Dont remember saying anything about it being aptasia. The edges of the polyp skeleton in that second pic look more like the animal is a second inhabitant. It looks more like a dead skeleton to me with some kind of anemone.


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Old 11/30/2007, 04:28 AM   #5
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Its not an anemone it is definatly a skeletal coral. Do a search on the name I gave I wasnt trying to be little you as I know you have 20 years experience and your websight proves that But.....cummon thats no manjano.


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Old 11/30/2007, 12:02 PM   #6
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There are a total of 4 polyps. Like I said, they were on the underside of a coral, 2 of the polyps are shrunken back into their skeletons, just as an underfed sun coral would do. So, unless the only 4 majanos I've ever seen have settled into identical tiny corallite stalks, I'm pretty sure it's a coral. I do appreciate your input, though.

THANK YOU redox. I have to assume that this was of indonesian origins. I'm not even sure who I got it from, it's been 3 years or more. Found this paper, which should help me better identify it http://www.amonline.net.au/pdf/publi...434_part_a.pdf

I'm thinking it has a great deal more than 24 septa. Will get some better pictures, but I think you're right on with Culicia. Thanks again!


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Old 11/30/2007, 12:06 PM   #7
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Strange that we can't delete posts.


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Old 11/30/2007, 12:44 PM   #8
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that doesnt look like a manjano at all.

id say look in the whole line of family line related to dendros and tubestrea*(sp)


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they are non-photosynthetic so they must be fed and they dont need much light. There is a good pic in Verons book (page 600). Corals of Australia and the Indo-Pacific. It looks like your pic to the tee


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Old 11/30/2007, 10:26 PM   #10
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Great guess redox! Does appear to be just like it, one of my favorite LFS got some of this as a hitchiker too. Definately a trip, and that is an awesome specimen ryan!! Colors on that lil guy are incredible

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Old 12/02/2007, 01:31 AM   #11
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Gotta love this hobby, the hitchhikers can be the best part!


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