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  1. sihaya

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    Rory Admin MASA Contributor

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    A funky shoelace?
     
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    My guess would be Coelogorgia
     
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    :lol: :lol: :lol:

    Looks like a colony Zoanthid probably Parazoanthus.
     
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    looks like some kind of shrimp or sea spider
     
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    viper357 Admin MASA Contributor

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    sea horse?
     
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    Kanga Retired Moderator MASA Contributor

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    Hydrozoa in the polyp stage?
     
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    Here is a pic taken from The Reef Aquarium (Volume Two) by Julian Sprung and the caption is

    Parazoanthus sp. growing on a hydroid.
    [​IMG]
     
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    1 or 2 things I think..

    Maybe way out here...BUT it isn't just 1 organism!

    I'm gonna guess a symbiotic/parasitic aggregate of Acrozoanthus AND it's host, a Sabellid or Hydroid of some sort.

    Some hydroids can exhibit hard,branching form as well .

    So basically, soft coral on a stick ?!
    (a la tube worm/hydroid)

    Or a sticklike Hydroid, looking like a softcoral ?!

    Rare in hobby, if I have seen anything LIKE it.
     
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    Bingo. The tubes are brown and translucent (suggesting that they are proteinaceous, not calciferous)-- so it's not a coral. So what has "polyps" that's not a coral or an anemone... gotta be a hydroid of some sort.

    Though the parasite Hydroid/coral combo is probably a possibility, I doubt it actually.

    Kanga, that's what I thought for a minute too, but no.

    In any case... it's weird, isn't it?!
     
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    Damn, i was just about to post and you gave the game away:whistling:
     
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    damn that was a tough one,couldnt find it in my books
     
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    Just checked out the thread on WWM and it looks like it is a tough one there as well.
     
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    Oh, sorry wee-man... I just figure it was over when Obi-wan got it. I see how he earned that "reef guru" badge... ;)

    It was a tough ID for me too... I was obsessed about it for a whole day. Finally I got some help from a marine biologist I know. I had guessed hydroids even before I got hold of him, but I didn't know enough to be confident about it. He explained to me about the proteinaceous tubes and all that.
     
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    I was going to say coralline covered Valonia, but I guess that wasn't the right part of the picture! ;) J/K
     
  17. sihaya

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    Hey Mike! Nice to see ya here!! :) Welcome to MASA!
     
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    Welcome back Sara! It has been a while!
     
  19. sihaya

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    Nah... never left actually... just "listening" to you guys.... not too much to add/post sometimes.
     
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