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Old 03-05-2006, 12:17 AM   #1
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Zoanthid? Coral?

I'm wondering if anyone can ID the organism covering the rock the Xenia is attached to. I thought it was a Zoanthid for some reason, but after checking it out I am not so sure. Any ideas?
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Old 03-05-2006, 12:37 AM   #2
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looks like hairy mushroom
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That's funny - I bought a piece of LR with that same type of brown xenia, along with mushrooms. That's just what that looks like to me, too.

Shortly after putting the rock in my tank, one of the mushrooms moved off to another rock. Guess it wanted more real-estate to stretch out.
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Old 03-05-2006, 09:31 AM   #4
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Is it a single polyp? Or is it encrusting on the rock? It could be a fuzzy mushroom as mentioned.
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Is it a single polyp? Or is it encrusting on the rock? It could be a fuzzy mushroom as mentioned.
It's definitely encrusting the rock.
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That makes ID'ing it a bit more complicated. It could be an sps coral then but I'm no good with them, sorry.
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Does it look like it has a center - like a mouth?
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Does it look like it has a center - like a mouth?
No, it looks like a carpet of brown/green, which is why I first thought it was a Zoanthid not a coral. But it's definitely clinging to the rock, and I see no obvious center or mouth.
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But it's definitely clinging to the rock, and I see no obvious center or mouth.
I see a mouth and when you say it's clinging to the rock it makes me think ricordia of some type.
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I see a mouth and when you say it's clinging to the rock it makes me think ricordia of some type.
Unfortunately, that's an optical illusion in the picture caused by the curvature of the rocks. It looks pretty uniform over the surface of the rock.

I will try to get some better pictures.
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