Help with Coral ID.

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  1. Palancar

    Palancar Ex-Acan Collector LARC Supporter

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    Had these two coral polyps start growing on one of our rocks that were pre Rita. Originally had green starburst on the rock from the Indonesia. The large polyp is about 1/4” in diameter and has tripled in size over the last two months. Any suggestions?
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  2. JLouv

    JLouv Harlequin Tusk

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    looks kinda like a rock anemone to me....
     
  3. Palancar

    Palancar Ex-Acan Collector LARC Supporter

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    They definitely have a hard skeleton. They extend their tentacles at night for feeding.
     
  4. Anonymous

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    I suggest you keep us posted on the growth, cause it looks like its gonna be pretty sweet! ;)
     
  5. Palancar

    Palancar Ex-Acan Collector LARC Supporter

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    Will be happy too.
     
  6. typo

    typo CrossHatch Trigger

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    ive seen similiar corals from the carribean appear on rocks but you said this one isa from indo. i dunno maybe cynarina? hard to tell, probbly gonna have to let it grow some more.
     
  7. Anonymous

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    blastomussa merletti
     
  8. phatstanley02

    phatstanley02 Ko-Ko Worm

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    to me it looks like a baby cynarina/scolymia or a baby blasto.
     
  9. Anonymous

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    I have to agree with Jeff, It looks like a Scolymia Brain. I remember i had one just like that growing on a piece of Fiji live rock. It was bright green, opened up and had feeder tentacles just like a brain, also it grew real quick.
     
  10. Anonymous

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    Any updated pics of your new find! :)
     
  11. Palancar

    Palancar Ex-Acan Collector LARC Supporter

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    Will post new pic when I make it back home April 5th. I can say that it is growing but it looks as if the small polyp did not make it.
     
  12. Palancar

    Palancar Ex-Acan Collector LARC Supporter

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    Here is an updated picture, the smaller polyp is just a little bigger but the other has really grown. Will have to get out the magnifying glass to check the small polyp, might be wrong about it not making it.


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  13. Anonymous

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    blastomussa merletti
     
  14. Anonymous

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    How can you be so sure of that ? What traits do you have to go by to make a posotive ID ?
     
  15. Anonymous

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    the skeletal structure is the biggest reason, i mean look at any other blasto and its pretty much identical


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  16. Anonymous

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    Yeah i guees your right, good ident! ;)
     
  17. Palancar

    Palancar Ex-Acan Collector LARC Supporter

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    I do have a question what is the maximum diameter of the polyps of blastomussa merletti and the reason I ask is the larger polyp is about 1” in diameter and the stalk if you can call it that is about ¼” in diameter in the very center of the plate.

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