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Old 01-02-2004, 03:02 PM   #1
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Calling Zo-experts

It always amazes me to find new thing growing here and there. These, which I believe to be a Zoanthid of some kind popped up out of no where. This is as about as open as I have seen them. There are about 5 polyps and stay mostly closed but seem to open up a tiny bit more everyday... Positive ID?
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One more thing to note in amazement. Whatever they are, they survived a year in a FOWLR tank with only NO lighting. Since moving to the reef my corraline growth has exploded and now these.
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Old 01-02-2004, 03:10 PM   #3
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Yep, they are a zoanthid, specifically, Palythoa sp. Commonly referred to as a "button polyp" - extremely hardy.

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it does thanks! not only a confirmation but a species! Who could ask for more. Much thanks!
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not only a confirmation but a species
Genus actually, the species in undetermined. Zoanthidae is a family containing several genus including zoanthus. This is really splitting zonathid hairs, but it looks like protopalythoa to me, palythoa forms a mat that the buttons come out of and curl up into.
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Thanks very much for the correction. The more I research the more I learn.
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My guess is protopalythoa as well.
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