Id starfish please !!!!!!!!!!!!

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  1. seank

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    I sometimes see these starfish here by us. Is it the sand sifting starfish that Dean was talking about on Scuba's thread???


    To the Pic Gurus-Do not judge the Pic quality, it was taken with a cellphone:)


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    And this snail looking thing, it has the body of a Jelly fish, yet the spots of a leopard ray???

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    looks similiar to the ones i saw on live aquaria, i think those extra long white thingies on the end show it a bit more. cool find
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    viper357 Admin MASA Contributor

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    They look extremely similar, just the colouring is different, perhaps a local variation of the overseas ones???? Give it a try, you might be lucky, if not then he'll be easy enough to get out.

    p.s. Why isn't this thread in the ID forum Mr Koekemoer???
     
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    The difference with the sand sifting starfish seems to be the 'legs' under the arms, with these starfish the legs are not the soft jelly type ones but are more stiff, I assume in order to work through the sand, the ones you posted seem to have the exact same 'legs' or 'feet'.
     
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    They have these sharp spikes (zillions of them) on the sides of the "legs". If I see them again, I'll take pics from the belly side to explain better.

    Anyone care for an ID on the jellyfish thingie?
     
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    Very interesting jelly, never seen anything like it before.
     
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    It is a Jelleorayspotted Gastropoda :whistling:
     
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    :lol: Tobes, but I would still love to know
     
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    it is a diy brakpan silicon implant clearly identified by leopard spots
     
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    :lol:

    Come on guys. Cannot be that difficult
     
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    :lol:
    so identify it yourself:razz:
     
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    If I knew, I would not have posted the pic :(
     
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    jacquesb Retired Moderator

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    Sean - the closest I could find, w.r.t the Starfish, is:
    Sand Starfish (Astropecten Irregularis Pontoporaeus)

    W.r.t the "slug type critter":

    Sorry - I have NO idea.... None of my books have anything similar to that slug....
     
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    Thanks Jacques, seems to me no one can help me on this one :(
     
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    jacquesb Retired Moderator

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    Sean - I have not given up yet. I am still looking - trawling the slug web-sites.... ;)
     
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    Sean - this is the closest that I could find:
    [SIZE=+2]Pleurobranchus grandis
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    [SIZE=+2]URL: http://www.medslugs.de/E/Ind-NW/Pleurobranchus_grandis_03.htm

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    Yours might be a color morph of this one?

    I have now trawled 4 slug websites for the past 2 hours.... and was ONLY able to find this one, looking ANYTHING like what you posted.

    So - either yours is not classified as a slug, or it is a new species or a morph of a species that have not yet been classified.
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