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  1. llewellyn

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    Please can someone ID this. Its maroon in colour with a bit of yellow. It closes when fish swim close to it and it moved from another rock that was placed above this rock to this dark spot away from any light.
     
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    im afraid i cant tell anything at all from that pic or the description. Shiya might have a stab at it but the fact that its mobile and light sensitive should give some clues. does it have a shell it retracts into or a tube?
     
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    Sihaya just got married so I don't think she'll be around for a while.:)

    Is that the whole creature or just half of it? Can you turn the rock around and take some more pics of it from different angles?
     
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    Definately no tube. I'm sure it found a hole in that rock. Maybe a tiny shell. Cant really see.
     
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    thats great to hear....besides she has nests to make at home now too! :)
     
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    It is only half, but you cant see the rest of it anyway because its perched in a hole. i will turn the rock tonight and take more pics. Will try and get a proper camera.
     
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    Thanks gMAN. It doesnt look like any of those.
    Its more hairy than fleshy. It sometimes turns like a whirlpool in slow motion. Quite cool to watch.
     
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    it might look like those but feather duster worms cant move, and you say yours shifts around and doesnt like light?
     
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    Agreed with Crispin, my first impression was a fan worm or feather duster worm, but if you say it moved from one rock to another then it can't be.
     
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    email the guys at wetwebmedia.com to help you out. they very clued up..

    some type of anem if you ask me
     
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    heavens that doesnt happen often :)
     
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    i dunno bout feather not moving, I have one that relocated, i dunno how, i just saw one day it had moved from my zoa colony to a clean hole in some base rock, can get pics if you like?
     
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    Hello everyone in S. Africa and beyond!

    Y'all have probably never heard of me, but I'm Lynn Z from WWM. I answer mostly ID related queries and thought I'd stop by to see if I could lend a hand. Llewellyn, if your critter looks like what's in the photo link you supplied, then what you have is most likely a serpulid or sabellid (the one in the photo link is a serpulid). Both are fan worms, but the serpulid has a hard calcareous tube and usually an operculum (trap door), while the sabellid has a softer tube constructed of mucus and bits of sand, rock, shell, etc., and no operculum. Both can vary quite a bit in color and be beautifully multicolored. As for the tube issue, some fan worm's tubes are obvious while others - not so much. It's possible that you're not seeing one because it's obscurred within the hole. Either way, the good news is that these guys are harmless, beneficial little filter-feeders!

    Here's a link showing a photo of a sabellid: http://www.reefkeeping.com/issues/20...s/image005.jpg

    Another serpulid: http://image09.webshots.com/9/5/67/3...2aPCYXK_fs.jpg
    Another with what looks like a Nudibranch egg spiral in the lower left corner: http://www.oceanlight.com/spotlight.php?img=2563

    Hope that helps! By the way, y'all have a very nice site indeed!:)

    -Lynn
     
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    Hey lynn! thanks for joining masa and for your input! Hoorah! Theres a PM coming your way! ;-) Got an ID thats stimied me!
     
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    Yay, send it along!

    -Lynn
     
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    Thanks for helping out Lynn! Talk to you soon!
     
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