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Old 05-23-2003, 09:16 PM   #11
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Gonis have 24 tentacles and alveopora have 12. It does look like a goni, but I'm not sure. Can you get a close up of one polyp? Gonis will extend from a "skin" which connects all the polyps, but will have a hard skeleton under the skin.
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Unfortunately this is as close as my camera can zoom in without getting blurry, and this is with a macro, someday we'll get a real good digital.

They are connected to a skin, but I can't see a skeleton, is it possible these are hitchhikers, we've had them for quite a few months and have gotten a lot bigger and the stems started to get longer.

I haven't done anything special for these except when we put this branch like rock down where it is, these get a lot more flow and get a lot of the food or other stuff that may be on the sand.

I've tried counting, I've counted more than twelve.
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Wow. That's a tough one. For starters, the link you posted is definitely a goniopora. But something about this just doesn't look like a goni to me. And the fact that it's ON a rock make me much more inclined to go with zooanthid. But...I wouldn't rule out Turbinaria peltata either as it can grow in many forms. It's polyps are generally farther apart, however. Can you make it close up and then take a pic? I think that'd be the easiest way to tell.
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That's as close as I could get with the camera, I'm going to look up the Turbinaria peltata and see what it looks like. Thanks for the help
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Oops. By close up, I didn't mean zoom in more, just asking for a photo of the polyps closed up as a closed up goni looks different from closed up zooanthids. Make it retract.
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Ok, when they close up it's more like they compress, they shrink down, they don't fold up like zoos do, they look like little flowers compressed into the rock. I'll try and get a pic and post it.
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