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Old 06-06-2008, 12:28 PM   #1
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What is this coming from my linkia star

My blue linkia star started getting this brown thing coming from it's center. At first I though it was it's stomach. But 3 days later it's huge...Anyone have a clue what is going on? Spawning maybe?
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Old 06-06-2008, 12:39 PM   #2
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Those are some pretty wild pics for sure. This is all I could find on spawing I don't know if this is helpful or not but...
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The more I look at the pic though the more I think that is it's stomach...
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Thats waht I thought initialy. But 3 of them? You see 2 in the pic, but I found one of those inch long pieces on the substrate too. I almost thought it looked like the tissue inside the arms molted. You know how if you get a bad sunburn and the skin peels off. It's almost like that.
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I just don't know enough to have an answer.
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Starfish normally extrude the stomach to feed (sometimes) but that doesn't look like its it. The stomach they do extrude is a sack like thing.

I would venture a guess that you are seeing the gonads.
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I never saw that out of mine, but then again I only see mine semi annually. I have no clue what that is.

From the article Ziggy quoted. Doesn't seem to be a spawning event...."Like the majority of other sea stars, the sexes appear to be separate in Linckia, and the animals spawn gametes freely into the water column. Most often, they will hold onto the substrate with the tips of their arms, arch the body high into the water and spray either sperm or eggs into the water above them. If a male and female happen to spawn in close proximity to one another, the fertilized eggs develop into feeding larvae within a couple of days."
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I sent the pics in an e-mail to WetWebMedia, maybe they can shed some light
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Wet Web Media says it's dying. Thats 2 dead within 3 weeks of purchase...not going to try again.
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sorry to hear that. What a bummer
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