Id and Care On Starfish

Discussion in 'ID Needed' started by Arries, 31 Dec 2012.

  1. Arries

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    Hey guys..
    Can any of you plz give me a id on this guy and some care instructions.Saved him from a friend that wanted to flush him...
    Thanx..

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    I have no idea..he said he got it from a LFS...So dont think its local....
     
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    It's very hard to say...I really don't know the "deciding factors" when ID'ing Sea Stars...:blush:
    For me I'll say that Echinaster Sp....maybe Echinaster Luzonicus should also be considered as a ID possibility..:blush:
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    http://www.wetwebmedia.com/Seastars4.htm
     
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    ..maybe just in the colour department..:p..not to sure about the "texture" department tho..:blush:..it does have the "brown pin-head" texture, but don't know as I don't know Starfishe's and can't say if Arries new Starfish is healthy or not...and do Starfishy's "texture" change dramatically when "healthy" or "sick"...:confused1:..:blush:

    PS: This is also a good ID Site...I can't seem to load the page this morning...:blush:
    http://www.starfish.ch/c-invertebrates/seesterne.html
     
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    Yo dude, that's commonly known as a 'sandsifiter starfish' ...can tell by the 6 legs, he will dig thru ur aragonite and scavenge for food, no real requirements, just an addition to your cleanup crew
     
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    Well the ones I've seen here in CT looks like ur pic but has 6 legs
     
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    I honestly have no idea .... Maybe one of the lfs can intervene here... That's why I 1st said its a sandsifter coz the normal stars we get in are deep sea stars and the normal red and blue linkia stars .... And that one in ur pic is exactly how the sandsifters look,just with 6 arms/legs watever they are :lol:
     
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    Geez thanx for eveyones input...Hope i can find info on him...
     
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    I finally managed to load this Site from the Link I posted and I would have to say that it still looks like a Echinaster luzonicus ....:blush:
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    That looks nothing like the sand sifting stars i have seen
     
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    Hi guys, just to clarify, all starfish have a pentaradial body symetry, meaning they are 'born' with 5 legs, or sets of of 5, as the feather stars or crown of thorns stars (by default 3 sets of 5 legs).

    When you do see a star with either more or less legs, it only means that it lost a leg or two (due to various reasons) and by accident regrows an extra leg ( or two)

    The best place to see this, is to look at the asterina stars in our tanks. I have some with 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, and even 8 legs, but that does not mean that they are supposed to be that way, nor should the number of legs be used to identify the species.

    Even urchins are pentaradial, but this is only seen clearly on their skeleton once they are dead.
     
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    On the button @Gesiggie! You studied Zoology didn't you?;)
     
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    Indeed. Still busy and plenty to learn:)
     
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