Look who lives in my liverock!

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  1. Nancy

    Nancy Titanites Staff Member Moderator

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    I finally got a decent pic of my tiny brittlestar with black-and-white striped legs. Each leg is about 3/4 inch long - I believe he has 5 of them. He lives in a hole in the liverock and is normally very hard to see (I used a flash and greatly enlarged the photo).

    He is a filter feeder and will catches small fragments of flakes. Actually, I now squirt the tiny flakes suspended in salt water by using a turkey baster - that way I make sure he gets food every day.

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    Awww, how cute!
     
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    What pretty coloration!
     
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    That's a nice little brittle star. I've got little ones, too, but they're always gray or white without the snazzy stripes.

    Dan
     
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    I've only see one gray one during a diving trip.

    Cute things, brittlestars..
     
  6. Nancy

    Nancy Titanites Staff Member Moderator

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    I have little white ones too, but they come out and crawl around.
    Marvin (that's what I've named him) is special.

    It was Colin who advised me to take a large magnifying glass and examine my live rock to discover all the small interesting things living there. If you haven't tried this, you should.

    Nancy
     
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    Hey Nancy,

    Marvin is gorgeous! He looks abit like our sand brittle stars.............except ours ar scavengers! and are two shades of brown!

    J
     
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    corw314 Colossal Squid Staff Member Moderator

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    Nice pics Nancy! He's really cute! Very octo like too!

    Carol
     
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    what is a bristal star?


    chris
     
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    A brittle star (sometimes called a serpent star) is related to sea stars and sea urchins (and sea cucumbers and crinoids). They have five very flexible arms connected to a central disk.
     

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