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Old 07-20-2003, 07:44 PM   #1
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WTH is on my Monti?

Was thinking it could possibly be hydroid jelly, but doesn't quite look right to me?

Forgive the quality, this is the tiniest thing I've ever photographed and it was about 9" away from the glass.
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Oh yeah, it is soft and closes it's "arms" when it is disturbed. looks to be attatched by a foot like an anemone. Should I remove it? Is it common for these things to be on my Monti?
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I'm still sticking with hydroid - only 'cause I have no clue what else it could possibly be. Let us know if you get a positive ID.
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With the size and appearant shape, I'd be more inclined to think banded brittle star

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The first thing I thought of when I saw it was a mini brittle star, but it is attatched to the coral by it's body. Like a foot on an anemone. The legs also retract when disturbed, also if you look at the one on the right, you see the legs come out of the top of the body, rather than the center, if not for all that I might be inclined to go with a star.
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A boring tubeworm of some sort maybe? Kinda like the christmas tree worms that inhabit some porites? Can you tell if it's just attached to the surface of the monti or has it bored into the skeleton?
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Can you tell if it's just attached to the surface of the monti or has it bored into the skeleton?
It's just attatched.
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Thanks Mike, looks like that is what it is. I assume, it is kinda like the Christmas tree worms associated with porites....since it's a filter feeder, it shouldn't harm the monti.
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Dude I have those all over my LR...10 arms and they do retract when brushed..wierd...
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