What is this?

Discussion in 'Diving, Collecting and Environmental Discussions' started by herkie, 9 Aug 2011.

  1. herkie

    herkie R.I.P.

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    A friend of mine collected this thing and has it in his tank. It has legs and walks around-I wonder if it can be trusted cos it looks weird to me.
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    lol it is pretty weird.. Maybe a type of sea star? At the LFS there is one but I dont know what the heck it is
     
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    herkie Thread Starter R.I.P.

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    I agree it is weird-it moves fairly slow and has quite a few legs. Lets wait and see what it is and if it is a safe thing to keep.
     
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    Local brittlestar . Have one in my tank . No problems .
     
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    Feather star, very delicate creatures, sadly 99.9% of them die in our tanks as we are not able to provide them with enough food. If you gently pry it off the rock and move it gently towards the top of your tank then let it go, it will start pulsing it's tentacles as it 'flies' through the water, looks really cool, but as I said, almost guaranteed to die in an aquarium.
     
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    Agreed, it's a feather star. I wonder if the local one's survive better than their imported cousins. If it's going to eventually die from starvation then rather put it back in the sea
     
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    I concur.

    Chrinoids have stems - nope.
     
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    featherstars - classified under Crinoidea, one of the 5 classes of the phylum Echinodermata.
    if the arms are straight = Elegant featherstar
    if the arms are ragged = common featherstar
     
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